There is a huge amount of attention (understandably) focused on the future of the BBC at the moment but the wider public service TV environment also faces enormous challenges - with, for example, the threat to privatise Channel 4, lighter regulation of ITV and C5, increased competition from streaming services and significant changes to viewing habits. A new Inquiry into the Future of Public Service TV, chaired by Lord Puttnam, has been set up to consider how best to secure high quality TV in these circumstances and is organising a series of events over the next six months. The first two have just been announced:
1. Do we still need public service television? Guardian Live event, 7pm, Wednesday 25 November, Scott Room, Guardian, London N1. Speakers include: Melvyn Bragg, Peter Bazalgatte (RTS & Arts Council), Jay Hunt (C4) and Luke Hyams (Maker Studios). Tickets are £10 via https://membership.theguardian.com/event/guardian-live-do-we-still-need-public-service-television-19400168426
2. What would TV look like without the BBC? Funding the future of public service television. British Academy event, 6-7.30pm, Tuesday 15 December, British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1. Speakers include: Brian Eno, Greg Dyke and Claire Enders. Free tickets are available from http://www.britac.ac.uk/events/2015/Funding_the_BBC.cfm
There will be more events in 2016 including ones looking at TV and youth (hosted by Vice), TV and representation (hosted by Goldsmiths), and TV and the regions (hosted by the Writing on the Wall festival in Liverpool).
The Inquiry is looking for short submissions that deal with any issues or challenges facing contemporary public service television. Submissions should be no longer than 2000 words and should ideally conclude with specific recommendations. For any questions on this or to submit your thoughts, please contact Vana Goblot at email@example.com. Meccsa members are perfectly placed both to analyse the problems and to suggest ways forward so we really hope to hear from you.
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