The reinvigorated Nations and Regions Media Conference (NARM) will take place in spring 2017 and will tackle some of the key issues that are vexing broadcasters and producers across the UK.
The conference, hosted by the University of Salford and supported by newly appointed steering committee chair Ruth Pitt, will take place at The Lowry arts centre in Salford on Tuesday 28 – Wednesday 29 March 2017.
NARM steering committee chair Ruth Pitt said: “In the early years the Nations and Regions Media Conference was the go-to event for anyone in our industry working outside London.
“You could say the conference has since been the victim of its own success because many of the changes that were fought for in those early days have been achieved – today we have MediaCity, far better engagement between broadcasters and regional indies all over the country, much better diversity and some massive global players operating across the nations and regions.
“So what we need now is a conference that acknowledges and anticipates contemporary challenges affecting the media landscape.”
Festival director Beth Hewitt continued: “Our MediaCityUK campus is right in the heart of a regional media hub, with the BBC, ITV and a wealth of independent production companies and producers right on our doorstep, and so it is absolutely fitting that both this debate and the conference should be held here. We look forward to announcing other exciting speakers, both national and international, who will be involved in both events.
“We are delighted that Ruth Pit has joined us. This is an exciting time for the Media Conference and Ruth’s experience and understanding of the current media landscape is exemplary, with particular emphasis on the indie sector and its relationship with the broadcasters.
“The Nations and Regions Media Conference will celebrate and promote regional and national talent as well as exploring and embracing the global media markets. The conference will continue to give indies the opportunity to talk to controllers and commissioners from across the media industry through the renowned ‘Meet the Commissioners’ sessions.”
The NARM conference aims to provide a platform for the media industry to unite, collaborate and debate. Anyone with ideas or suggestions for what they would like to see at the conference can get in touch by emailing email@example.com
Tickets will be available to book from 7 October 2016 with early bird rates available until 1 February 2017.