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Outside the box 17 November 2021


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Outside the box 17 November 2021
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Freeview and Digital UK’s annual industry event Outside the box returned in-person and on stage at London’s Picturehouse Central.

Hosted by broadcaster and journalist Cathy Newman, and introduced by Freeview Marketing Director Owen Jenkinson, Outside the box 2021 featured:

  • Media titans Andrew Neil and Mark Thompson
  • Renowned chairs Beth Rigby, Kamal Ahmed, Stewart Purvis CBE and Pat Younge
  • Leading TV creatives David Olusoga OBE, Sara Johnson, Mobeen Azhar, Sarah Doole and James Graham OBE
  • Expert speakers Professor Bobby Duffy, Katy Balls, Rachel Corp, Samuel Kasumu, Baroness Bonham-Carter, Salma Shah, Mark Oliver, Nick Toon and Karen Blackett OBE

Speakers debated key issues of the day, including:

  • The culture wars and the responsibilities of broadcasters and politicians
  • The policy changes that will impact the future of British broadcasting
  • The enduring power of TV ads and television advertising as a force for good

All sessions are available to view on-demand.

Beth Rigby, Political Editor, Sky News interviewing Andrew Neil, Publisher & Broadcaster
Pat Younge, Co-founder & Co-Managing Director, Cardiff Productions in conversation with Mark Thompson, Co-chair, International Fund for Public Interest Media
Cathy Newman greets Kamal Ahmed
Cathy Newman greets Kamal Ahmed

Speakers

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Programme

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Part 1

08:30: REGISTRATION & BREAKFAST

09:30: WELCOME & INTRODUCTION

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

09:40: KEYNOTE INTERVIEW - BREAKING NEWS

Andrew Neil, Publisher & Broadcaster in conversation with Beth Rigby, Political Editor, Sky News.

10:10: PANEL - REPORTING THE CULTURE WARS

Is the UK on a path towards a US-style culture war? What role has the media played in this if so? With so many 'hot button' issues surfacing in public discourse, how should UK news broadcasters report topics that divide society? How should they balance freedom of expression with providing platforms for those with extreme views? Impartiality rules provide balance but do they lead to bland news reporting which can turn viewers away in an age of opinion? How should broadcasters respond to accusations of 'wokeism'?

  • Bobby Duffy, Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Policy Institute at King’s College London
  • Katy Balls, Deputy Political Editor, The Spectator
  • Rachel Corp, Editor, ITV News
  • Samuel Kasumu, Social Entrepreneur, Commentator & Strategist

Chaired by Kamal Ahmed, Editor-in-Chief & Co-founder, The News Movement

11:00 - 11:30: COFFEE BREAK

08:30: REGISTRATION & BREAKFAST

09:30: WELCOME & INTRODUCTION

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

09:40: KEYNOTE INTERVIEW - BREAKING NEWS

Andrew Neil, Publisher & Broadcaster in conversation with Beth Rigby, Political Editor, Sky News.

10:10: PANEL - REPORTING THE CULTURE WARS

Is the UK on a path towards a US-style culture war? What role has the media played in this if so? With so many 'hot button' issues surfacing in public discourse, how should UK news broadcasters report topics that divide society? How should they balance freedom of expression with providing platforms for those with extreme views? Impartiality rules provide balance but do they lead to bland news reporting which can turn viewers away in an age of opinion? How should broadcasters respond to accusations of 'wokeism'?

  • Bobby Duffy, Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Policy Institute at King’s College London
  • Katy Balls, Deputy Political Editor, The Spectator
  • Rachel Corp, Editor, ITV News
  • Samuel Kasumu, Social Entrepreneur, Commentator & Strategist

Chaired by Kamal Ahmed, Editor-in-Chief & Co-founder, The News Movement

11:00 - 11:30: COFFEE BREAK


Part 2

11:30: PANEL - BRITISH BROADCASTING FUTURE

We start by hearing creatives David Olusoga OBE, Sarah Doole, James Graham OBE, Mobeen Azhar and Sara Johnson talking about their hopes and fears for UK broadcasting and what they’d like to see broadcasters achieve in the next decade. We then turn to an expert panel to debate what they have heard and consider the practicalities of policy recommendations and requirements in the context of the Government’s forthcoming Broadcasting White Paper.

  • Baroness Bonham-Carter, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for DCMS in the Lords
  • Salma Shah, Partner & Senior Advisor, Portland
  • Mark Oliver, Chairman & Senior Advisor, Oliver & Ohlbaum Associates
  • Nick Toon, Director, Rationale Consulting

Chaired by Stewart Purvis CBE, Broadcaster, Author & Academic.

12:20: THE POWER OF TV

Karen Blackett OBE, UK Country Manager, WPP, in conversation with Cathy Newman, Broadcaster & Journalist

12:40: THE LAST WORD

Mark Thompson, Co-chair, International Fund for Public Interest Media in conversation with Pat Younge, Co-founder & Co-Managing Director, Cardiff Productions.

13:00: CLOSING REMARKS

Cathy Newman, Broadcaster & Journalist

13:05: EVENT ENDS

11:30: PANEL - BRITISH BROADCASTING FUTURE

We start by hearing creatives David Olusoga OBE, Sarah Doole, James Graham OBE, Mobeen Azhar and Sara Johnson talking about their hopes and fears for UK broadcasting and what they’d like to see broadcasters achieve in the next decade. We then turn to an expert panel to debate what they have heard and consider the practicalities of policy recommendations and requirements in the context of the Government’s forthcoming Broadcasting White Paper.

  • Baroness Bonham-Carter, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for DCMS in the Lords
  • Salma Shah, Partner & Senior Advisor, Portland
  • Mark Oliver, Chairman & Senior Advisor, Oliver & Ohlbaum Associates
  • Nick Toon, Director, Rationale Consulting

Chaired by Stewart Purvis CBE, Broadcaster, Author & Academic.

12:20: THE POWER OF TV

Karen Blackett OBE, UK Country Manager, WPP, in conversation with Cathy Newman, Broadcaster & Journalist.

12:40: THE LAST WORD

Mark Thompson, Co-chair, International Fund for Public Interest Media in conversation with Pat Younge, Co-founder & Co-Managing Director, Cardiff Productions.

13:00: CLOSING REMARKS

Cathy Newman, Broadcaster & Journalist

13:05: EVENT ENDS

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As the world of television continues to evolve, Freeview is changing too.

Right now, Freeview is the only major TV platform in the UK that is growing its user base. Offering viewers a compelling foundational TV service on to which SVOD services can be added, the platform plays a critical role in delivering consumer choice and supporting the UK’s broadcasters by driving share and prominence.

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