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> Press Release    
> Immediate        
> 17/10
> BBC Director General Mark Thompson will be among the speakers at VLV¹s Autumn
> Conference in London on Thursday November 24th along with the Chairman of
> Channel 4, Lord (Terry) Burns; Chairman of the  Consumers¹ Association and
> Professor Emeritus, London Business School, Patrick Barwise; and BBC 4
> Controller Richard Klein.
> In its immediate response to the Coalition Government¹s decisions on the BBC
> licence fee settlement and changes to the remit and powers of Ofcom, the media
> regulator, Voice of the Listener & Viewer (VLV) announced on October 28 its
> intention to hold a series of events under the title  Broadcasting Matters -
> Your Chance to Ask to give broadcasting decision-makers an opportunity to
> explain - and licence-payers a platform to interrogate them - about the
> implications for audiences of a six-year freezing of the BBC licence-fee
> combined with major additional responsibilities including the:
> v  The World Service
> v  The Monitoring Service
> v   S4C (Welsh Language TV Channel)
> v  ŒSuperfast¹ broadband roll-out in rural areas
> v   New Local TV services.
> Mark Thompson¹s participation in VLV¹s autumn conference is a welcome first
> step in VLV¹s Broadcasting Matters - Your Chance to Ask campaign to give the
> licence-paying public their voice on the likely implications and consequences
> of the BBC settlement.
> Later events will include a re-scheduled evening with Secretary of State for
> Culture, Media, the Olympics and Sport, Jeremy Hunt MP. Mr Hunt was to have
> spoken to VLV members and guests on 24 October but was called away on urgent
> business by the Prime Minister.
> Commenting, VLV President, Jocelyn Hay said: ³We are delighted that the BBC
> Director General has agreed to accept this invitation to speak to VLV members
> and licence payers and to take questions about the recent proposals. We
> believe it will provide their first opportunity to do so. We are equally
> pleased that the Secretary of State will also address VLV members and take
> questions about the recently announced changes.  As the chair of the Culture,
> Media and Sport Committee has said, neither Parliament nor the licence fee
> paying public were consulted or given an opportunity to debate the proposals
> before their publication.²
> John Whittingdale, Chairman of the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport
> Committee announcing plans for a session with the BBC next month, stated:
> ³This settlement has huge ramifications for the BBC, yet it was concluded in
> an unprecedentedly short period of time with no opportunity for wider
> consultation. Despite its significance for the BBC and viewers, Parliament has
> had almost no opportunity to date for scrutiny.²
> FOR FURTHER INFORMATION and conference tickets please contact:  Linda Forbes,
> Conference Administrator on 01474 338711, [log in to unmask] ,
> [log in to unmask]  or visit
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> Tickets:  Corporate £199.75 (including Mark Thompson seminar), Mark Thompson
> Seminar only £15

               Concessionary/Organisations £99.75 (including Mark Thompson
seminar), Mark Thompson Seminar only £10

>                Students £15 for day conference only, Mark Thompson Seminar £5
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> Linda Forbes
> Conference Administrator
> Voice of the Listener & Viewer
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> Forthcoming VLV events:
> Westminster Seminar with the Secretary of State, The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP,
> Tuesday, 26th October 6-8pm, Palace of Westminster, London SW1 - POSTPONED -
> new date to be made shortly
> VLV's Annual Autumn Conference on Wednesday 24th November at The Geological
> Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1 .  Speakers include: Lord
> Burns, the new Chair of Channel 4; Mark Thompson, BBC Director General;
> Richard Klein, Controller, BBC4 TV; Patrick Barwise, London Business School.
> More details to follow shortly
> For tickets/enquiries please contact Linda Forbes, Conference Administrator,
> tel: 01474 338711 email: [log in to unmask] or visit
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