Tim Raats in panel on future of European television production at Oxford Media Convention
On Wednesday 2nd of March, Tim Raats joined a panel on the future of original production in the Digital Single Market at the Oxford Media Convention. This conference, hosted by IPPR, is a leading annual venue for academia, policymakers and industry in the UK broadcasting sector, attracting over 300 professionals. This year, Secretary of State John Whittingdale, Rona Fairhead (chair of the BBC Trust) and Sir David Clementi (author of the independent review on BBC governance), presented their views and progress on the upcoming BBC Charter renewal. Plenary discussions took place on the BBC governance structure and accountability, and what the role of BBC Trust could still be in that reform. The question of BBC’s distinctiveness and how to define that, was also part of the discussion, as well as the potential privatization of Channel 4. The afternoon session on the Digital Single market hosted a panel with Jeremy Oliver (head of internet policy at Ofcom), John McVay (head of Producers’ association PACT) and Dr. Tim Raats. Oliver questioned amongst others the necessity of production quota in the upcoming AVMS review, while McVay pointed on to the continued importance of the principle of origin. Tim amongst others highlighted the potential loss of a Brexit for UK local film producers, and the importance of a shifted focus from production to distribution support in the policies of small member states. Other speakers and panelists were, amongst others, media scholars and analysts Patrick Barwise, Jean Seaton, Damian Tambini and David Elstein, and media professionals James Head (head of policy BBC), Hellen Burrows (head of policy BT Group), David Mahoney (director of policy, Ofcom). More information on the Oxford media convention, can be found here: http://oxfordmediaconvention.com/. More information on the MeCETES project, for which Tim conducts research, can be found here: http://mecetes.co.uk/.