Outside the box 2019 | Freeview
Outside the box 2019: 05 November 2019

Outside the box, Freeview's annual industry event, considered some of the key questions facing our industry at a time of unprecedented change and uncertainty.

The event’s themes included the role of broadcast media in informing and influencing the political life of the nation; how to tackle TV's class ceiling and improve social mobility in TV; and the impact of TV's globalisation on the UK broadcasting sector.

Broadcaster and journalist Cathy Newman guided us through the event, which took place on November 5, 2019, at Picturehouse Central in London's Piccadilly Circus. The stellar speaker line-up included Channel 4 CEO Alex Mahon, industry veteran Greg Dyke, businesswoman and campaigner Gina Miller and multi award-winning writer, director and producer Armando Iannucci.

Outside the box, Freeview's annual industry event, considered some of the key questions facing our industry at a time of unprecedented change and uncertainty.

The event’s themes included the role of broadcast media in informing and influencing the political life of the nation; how to tackle TV's class ceiling and improve social mobility in TV; and the impact of TV's globalisation on the UK broadcasting sector.

Broadcaster and journalist Cathy Newman guided us through the event, which took place on November 5, 2019, at Picturehouse Central in London's Piccadilly Circus.

The stellar speaker line-up included Channel 4 CEO Alex Mahon, industry veteran Greg Dyke, businesswoman and campaigner Gina Miller and multi award-winning writer, director & producer Armando Iannucci.

Programme 2019

08:15 - Registration and Breakfast

09:00 - Welcome and Introduction

Owen Jenkinson, Marketing Director, Freeview and Cathy Newman, Broadcaster & Journalist

09:05 - Opening Keynote: Pioneering Collaboration

Greg Dyke, Media Executive, Broadcaster, Company Chairman, in conversation with Cathy Newman, Broadcaster & Journalist

09:20 - When Worlds Collide

Ahead of Ofcom’s Small Screen: Big Debate, we look at the impact of the globalisation of TV on the UK’s broadcasting sector. What are the opportunities for UK broadcasters and content creators in a streaming age and what kind of policy environment do they need to take advantage of these? Is the role and value of public service broadcasters diminishing as TV becomes more global and consumers take control of their viewing?

Panel Discussion:

  • Jonathan Thompson, Chief Executive Officer, Digital UK
  • Gareth Barr, Controller of Policy & Regulatory Strategy, ITV
  • Jane Turton, Chief Executive Officer, All3Media
  • Mike Darcey, Industry Adviser

Chaired by Chris Curtis, Editor-in-Chief, Broadcast

10:05 - Keynote Interview: Leading Change

Alex Mahon, Chief Executive Officer, Channel 4 in conversation with Kate Bulkley, Journalist & Media Commentator

10:30 - Coffee Break

11:00 - Healing the Nation

What role does television play in the political life of the nation? How does TV reflect and inform opinions? How do broadcasters maintain impartiality? And who or what drives the broadcast news cycle? As we move into a new phase for politics, is there a role for TV in helping to heal a deeply divided nation?

Panel Discussion:

  • Gina Miller, Businesswoman & Campaigner
  • Cristina Nicolotti Squires, Director of Content, Sky News
  • Sir Robbie Gibb, Former Number 10 Communications Director
  • James Graham, Playwright & Screenplay Writer

Chaired by Anushka Asthana, Associate Editor, The Guardian

12:00 - Class Action

In this session, we take a look at the causes of television’s class ceiling and the practical steps being taken to remove barriers and promote social inclusion. What are some of our sector’s leading organisations doing to create a more diverse workforce and how do we come together as an industry for a more joined-up, collective approach?

Panel Discussion

  • Dr Sam Friedman, Associate Professor of Sociology, LSE
  • Heather Jones, General Manager UK & Senior VP, Content & Creative, A+E Networks UK
  • Bella Lambourne, HR & Operations Director, Endemol Shine UK
  • Joanna Abeyie, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Blue Moon

Chaired by Tina Daheley, Broadcaster & Presenter

13:00 - Closing Keynote: Laughing at Power

13:25 - Closing Remarks

1:30 - Event Ends

 

Programme 2019

08:15 - Registration and Breakfast

09:00 - Welcome and Introduction

Owen Jenkinson, Marketing Director, Freeview and Cathy Newman, Broadcaster & Journalist

09:05 - Opening Keynote: Pioneering Collaboration

Greg Dyke, Media Executive, Broadcaster, Company Chairman, in conversation with Cathy Newman, Broadcaster & Journalist

09:20 - When Worlds Collide

Ahead of Ofcom’s Small Screen: Big Debate, we look at the impact of the globalisation of TV on the UK’s broadcasting sector.

What are the opportunities for UK broadcasters and content creators in a streaming age and what kind of policy environment do they need to take advantage of these?

Is the role and value of public service broadcasters diminishing as TV becomes more global and consumers take control of their viewing?

Panel Discussion

  • Jonathan Thompson, Chief Executive Officer, Digital UK
  • Gareth Barr, Controller of Policy & Regulatory Strategy, ITV
  • Jane Turton, Chief Executive Officer, All3Media
  • Mike Darcey, Industry Adviser

Chaired by Chris Curtis, Editor-in-Chief, Broadcast

10:05 - Keynote Interview: Leading Change

Alex Mahon, Chief Executive Officer, Channel 4 in conversation with Kate Bulkley, Journalist & Media Commentator

10:30 - Coffee Break

11:00 - Healing the Nation

What role does television play in the political life of the nation? How does TV reflect and inform opinions?

How do broadcasters maintain impartiality? And who or what drives the broadcast news cycle?

As we move into a new phase for politics, is there a role for TV in helping to heal a deeply divided nation?

Panel Discussion

  • Gina Miller, Businesswoman & Campaigner
  • Cristina Nicolotti Squires, Director of Content, Sky News
  • Sir Robbie Gibb, Former Number 10 Communications Director
  • James Graham, Playwright & Screenplay Writer

Chaired by Anushka Asthana, Associate Editor, The Guardian

12:00 - Class Action

In this session, we take a look at the causes of television’s class ceiling and the practical steps being taken to remove barriers and promote social inclusion.

What are some of our sector’s leading organisations doing to create a more diverse workforce and how do we come together as an industry for a more joined-up, collective approach?

Panel Discussion

  • Dr Sam Friedman, Associate Professor of Sociology, LSE
  • Heather Jones, General Manager UK & Senior VP, Content & Creative, A+E Networks UK
  • Bella Lambourne, HR & Operations Director, Endemol Shine UK
  • Joanna Abeyie, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Blue Moon

Chaired by Tina Daheley, Broadcaster & Presenter

13:00 - Closing Keynote: Laughing at Power

13:25 - Closing Remarks

1:30 - Event Ends