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If you were unable to attend why not visit our Facebook page where you can watch videos of all of the main sessions from Wednesday 29 March 2017.

 

The 23rd Nations and Regions Media Conference, supported by Channel 4 Nations and Regions, will take place from 6pm on Tuesday 28 March, with keynote speaker and networking, followed by the full day Conference on Wednesday 29 March 2017.

This year’s conference is themed Working Futures: Our Brilliant Careers and celebrates excellence in the current climate of opportunity that exists across the UK.

Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Karen Bradley, Bourne Supremacy director Paul Greengrass, and Ofcom chief executive Sharon White will all address the conference as keynote speakers. Sharon White will be speaking about the future of broadcasting regulation across the UK, with a focus on the BBC as Ofcom prepares to take over regulating the broadcaster just days after the conference, on April 3rd.

Paul Greengrass will be launching a new award in memory of the distinguished investigative journalist Ray Ritzwalter, who died in April last year after a long battle with illness. Details about the award can be found here.

Newsnight presenter Kirsty Wark, ITV head of factual entertainment Sue Murphy, Happy Valley supremo and RED Production founder Nicola Shindler, broadcaster Hardeep Singh Kohli and Kay Benbow, Controller of CBeebies, all join the line-up to provide an outstanding and diverse list of speakers and panellists.

The BBC’s new Director of Radio, Bob Shennan, leads the radio content. He’ll be sharing his vision of BBC Radio in the 21st Century as he takes part in a keynote Q&A with 5 Live’s Rachel BurdenThe Archers editor Huw Kennair-Jones will take part in a session about the recent success of the BBC’s long running radio soap. He’ll be joined by Jessica Dromgoole, who will explain how Radio 4’s epic four-year long World War One drama Home Front is produced.

Steve Titherington, senior Commissioning Editor at the BBC World Service will talk about fresh approaches to programme making, while comedy from Wales is celebrated as we meet the stars of the hit Radio Wales comedy The Unexplainers.

Exciting radio sessions, a brand new Indie Production Showcase and bookable Meet the Commissioners slots make this a great chance for people working outside London to connect – and for anyone London-based to explore opportunities and trends across the UK.

 

Contributors

TV Commissioners

Radio Commissioners

Indie Production Showcase