Ofcom boss and Bourne director to speak at NARM Conference

Ofcom boss and Bourne director to speak at NARM Conference

Ofcom chief executive Sharon White is among a raft of high profile speakers at this year’s Nations and Regions Media Conference – just days before the regulator takes over responsibility for holding the BBC to account.

She will be joined by industry figures including Bourne Supremacy director Paul Greengrass, Newsnight presenter Kirsty Wark, Line Of Duty producer Simon Heath and the makers of hit returning documentary series Educating…

White will provide a keynote address on the future of UK broadcast regulation when she addresses the conference on Wed 29 March.

The Conference, now in its 23rd year, is broadly themed Working Futures: Our Brilliant Careers and celebrates excellence in a climate of opportunity outside London.

Ruth Pitt, chair of the Nations and Regions Conference Steering Committee, said: “Sharon White’s appearance at NARM could not be more timely.

“She is a fantastically inspiring industry leader and we’re delighted she has chosen to speak at our NARM conference in the week that BBC Studios officially launches and Ofcom prepares to take over regulating the BBC. We are incredibly fortunate to have her as a keynote speaker and she reflects the calibre of guests we’ll be welcoming to Salford this year.”

Beth Hewitt, Director of Nations and Regions Media Conference, said: “These are extremely exciting times for those working in the broadcast and digital media industries and in particular for UK productions out of London. As we move closer towards Brexit, NARM 2017 offers all those working in the nations and regions some fantastic opportunities to take stock of where the media industry is currently positioned and to examine the future landscapes.

“The University of Salford’s MediaCityUK campus is situated in the heart of the region’s media hub, alongside the BBC, ITV and a wealth of independent production companies. We are delighted that some of the industry’s leading industry figures will be joining us for the 23rd Nations and Regions Media Conference to debate the key media issues of 2017.”

The Nations and Regions Media Conference opening reception will include Paul Greengrass as keynote speaker and networking opportunities, and will take place from 6pm on Tuesday 28 March, followed by the full day conference on Wednesday 29 March.

Tickets for the conference are now available to buy. Early bird tickets, available until Thursday 16 February, are £90 rising to £120 from Friday 17 February.

More guests will be announced over the coming weeks.

Notes to editors:

Contact Conrad Astley at the University of Salford press office on 0161 295 6363 or c.l.astley@salford.ac.uk with requests to interview any of the speakers at the Nations and Regions Media Conference.