Hall, Perrette among speakers at RTS London Conference

BBC director General Tony Hall (pictured), Discovery Networks International president JB Perrette and 21st Century Fox president and chief operating officer will speak at the Royal Television Society's biannual UK event.
June 19, 2014

BBC director General Tony Hall (pictured), Discovery Networks International president JB Perrette and 21st Century Fox president and chief operating officer Chase Carey are among the speakers confirmed for this year’s Royal Television Society (RTS) conference in London.

Due to take place on September 9, the biannual event’s theme is “Power, Politics and the Media.”

Session themes include how the BBC is shaping up for charter renewal in 2016; the changing role of talent in IP creation; the future provision of broadcast news; the role broadcast, online and social media play in democracies around the world; and strategies around merger and acquisition deals.

Other speakers include the British secretary of state for culture, media and sport Sajid Javid; BSkyB CEO Jeremy Darroch; ITV Studios managing director Kevin Lygo; Liberty Global senior VP and chief strategy officer Jim Ryan; Boom Pictures executive chair Lorraine Heggessey; ITN CEO John Hardie; Sky News head John Ryley; and BBC director of strategy and digital James Purnell.

“In the week leading up to Scotland’s referendum on independence and less than a year to the next UK general election, this year’s conference will provide a timely insight into the forces that forge our industry worldwide,” said the event chair and STV CEO Rob Woodward in a statement.

“Does the media world rest in a state of natural equilibrium between the political and the powerful or is it the coveted prize in a tug of war? How do policies help or hinder growth and innovation and should we celebrate or fear increasingly unregulated media channels?”

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