Apologies for Cross posting > > > Press Release > Immediate > 17/10 > > > MARK THOMPSON TO SPEAK AT VLV CONFERENCE ON 24 NOVEMBER BBC DIRECTOR > GENERAL WILL GIVE KEYNOTE ADDRESS AND ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM VLV MEMBERS AND > LICENCE PAYERS > > 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 Superfast¹ 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 www.VLV.org.uk > <file:///C:\Documents%20and%20Settings\lindaforbes\Local%20Settings\Temporary% > 20Internet%20Files\Content.Outlook\95UIJY27\www.VLV.org.uk> > > 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 > > > If you do not want to receive further e-mail information from VLV about > forthcoming events linked to the future of public service broadcasting in the > UK, Europe and worldwide, please return this e-mail, entering UNSUBSCRIBE into > the subject box. > > Linda Forbes > Conference Administrator > > Voice of the Listener & Viewer > PO Box 401, Gravesend, Kent DA12 9FY > Tel: 01474 338711 or 01474 338716 > Email: [log in to unmask] > Website: www.vlv.org.uk <http://www.vlv.org.uk> > > 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 www.vlv.org.uk > <http://www.vlv.org.uk> > > A not for profit private company limited by guarantee registered in England > No.4407712 > Registered Office: Unit 9, The Old Rectory Business Centre, Springhead Road, > Northfleet, Kent DA11 8HN. > VAT registration No. GB 835 5365 14 > > Disclaimer > This communication from VLV Ltd (and any attachments) is confidential. It is > for the exclusive use of the intended recipient(s). If you are not the > intended recipient(s) any distribution, copying or use of the information in > this communication is prohibited. If you have received this communication in > error, please notify the sender immediately and then destroy any copies of it. > This communication may contain personal views which are not the views of VLV > Ltd, unless specifically stated. > > Voice of the Listener & Viewer (VLV) has no relationship with Mediawatch > (formerly the National Viewers' & Listeners' Association founded by Mary > Whitehouse). > > ------ End of Forwarded Message ------------------------------------------------- MeCCSA Policy mailing list W: http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/lists/meccsa-policy.html Please visit this page to browse list's archives, or to join or leave the list.