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Monday 19th July

11.10 – 11.15 WELCOME: Carys Roberts, Executive Director, IPPR
11.15 – 11.45 KEYNOTE: Dame Melanie Dawes, Chief Executive, Ofcom
Chair: Harry Quilter-Pinner, Director of Research and Engagement, IPPR
Lunch and networking time
13.30 – 14.45 PLENARY PANEL: What’s the value of public service broadcasters?

This session will discuss the economic, cultural and democratic value of public services broadcasters to the UK, and explore how this could and should be reimagined for the future.


  • Professor Jean SeatonProfessor of Media History and the Official Historian of the BBC, University of Westminster 
  • Helen Jay, Head of Policy and Corporate Affairs, Channel 4
  • Rowan ConwayHead of Mission Oriented Innovation Network, UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose
  • Chair: Pat Younge, Co-Founder and Co-Managing Director, Cardiff Productions
15.10 – 15.45 IN CONVERSATION: Rt Hon John Whittingdale OBE MP, Minister for Media and Data
Chair: Dr Damian Tambini, Distinguished Policy Fellow in the Department of Media and Communications, LSE

Tuesday 20th July

10.00 – 11.00 PLENARY PANEL: A digital strategy for the common good?

This session will discuss the extent to which governments in the UK and elsewhere are taking an integrated approach to regulating the digital sphere in a way that considers consumer rights and economic harms alongside democratic and wider societal harms.

The session will review the status of the UK’s online harms and digital markets strategy within the global context. It will compare and contrast the UK approach with international developments, including the EU’s Digital Markets Act and Australia’s Online Safety Act.


  • Marietje Schaake, International Policy Director at the Cyber Policy Center, Stanford University
  • Ben Scott, Executive Director, Reset
  • Professor Lorna Woods, Professor of Internet Law, University of Essex
  • Dr Charles Kriel, Writer, Filmmaker, Producer; Co-founder of Metrotone Media
  • Chair: Damian Collins MP

This session will be recorded for an episode of ‘The Infotagion Podcast’ with Damian Collins MP.

11.15 – 12.45 PRESENTATION & PLENARY PANEL: How to build an anti-racist media?

The session will begin with a presentation which delves into the results of the TV Collective’s new study on the Best TV Companies to Work in the UK Entertainment industry for Black, Asian and Ethnic minorities. We’ll discuss, explore and shine a spotlight on good employment practices where voices are heard, culture is thriving, and all employees -no matter the background – are engaged.

The opening presentation will be followed by responses and a panel discussion on wider practical solutions to combatting racism and making the media industry more inclusive.

One year on from the events of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020, this session will explore what’s changed, whether 2020 was a turning point, and how momentum for corporate strategies to improve diversity can be maintained.


  • Simone Pennant, Founder and Director, The TV Collective
  • Marcus Ryder, Head of External Consultancies, Sir Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity, Birmingham City University
  • Seetha Kumar, Chief Executive, ScreenSkills
  • Hannah Ajala, BBC Journalist and Founder of We Are Black Journos
  • Chair: Su-Mei Thompson, CEO, Media Trust; Commissioner, Equality & Human Rights Commission
Lunch and networking time
14.00 – 15.30 WORKSHOP: How to eradicate news inequality?

This deliberative workshop will explore how to eradicate the gaps and divides in access to news and information across different parts of the UK and emerging news deserts. We’ll discuss the relationship between provision and consumption of local news and local democratic participation, and the important role that local media plays in scrutinising local institutions and local politicians, especially as devolution is extended around England, and powers and resources increase for devolved authorities.


  • Megan Lucero, Director of the Bureau Local
  • Dr Martin Moore, Senior Lecturer in Political Communication Education & Director of the Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power, KCL
  • Geraint Evans, News and Current Affairs Commissioner, S4C
  • Charmaine Burton, Presenter and Executive Producer, New Style Radio
  • Chair: Marcus Johns, Research Fellow, IPPR North
15.00 – 16.30 WORKSHOP: Future proofing D&I in a post Covid world

This deliberative workshop will explore in more detail the groundbreaking new study from The TV Collective on the experiences of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic workers from across the TV industry. The study will present insights on the best production companies to work for, the best broadcasters to work with and the best training initiatives to support career progression.


  • Simone Pennant, Founder and Director, The TV Collective
  • Dr David Dunkley Gyimah, Senior Lecturer in the School of Journalism, Media and Culture, Cardiff University 
  • Russell Brimelow, Partner, Lewis Silkin 
  • Leon Benjamin, Workplace Transformation Consultant specialising in diversity 
  • Maria St Louis, Inclusion & Diversity Manager, Channel 4 
  • Featured production company to be announced
  • Featured broadcaster to be announced

Wednesday 21st July

10.00 – 11.30 WORKSHOP: The Online Safety Bill: Legitimate protection, or a censors charter?

This deliberative workshop will discuss the Online Safety Bill and the comprehensive new regulatory framework it sets out that aims to reduce harm on online platforms. For some, it is a long awaited responsibility framework for a successful industry that for too long has done too little to protect users. For others, the legislation is an attack on freedom of speech that gives ministers a license to meddle in our private conversations.


  • Richard Wronka, Director for Online Harms, Ofcom
  • Imran Ahmed, CEO, Centre for Countering Digital Hate
  • Gabrielle Guillemin, Senior Legal Officer, ARTICLE 19
  • Dr Rachael Craufurd Smith, Reader in EU Law, University of Edinburgh
  • Camilla de Coverly Veale, Head of Regulation, The Coalition for a Digital Economy (Coadec)
  • Chair: Dr Damian Tambini, Distinguished Policy Fellow in the Department of Media and Communications, LSE
11.15 – 12.45 WORKSHOP: How should public interest news be paid for?

This deliberative workshop will explore different models of media ownership and funding, and what a sustainable funding future could look like for public interest content.


  • Tobi Oredein, CEO & Founder of Black Ballad
  • Elizabeth Hansen Shapiro, CEO and Co-Founder at The National Trust for Local News, Senior Research Fellow at the Tow Center for Digital
  • Lorna Willis, CEO, Archant
  • Nic Newman, Senior Research Associate, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
  • Jonathan Heawood, Executive Director, Public Interest News Foundation (PINF) 
  • Tom Morrison-Bell, Government Affairs and Public Policy Manager, Google
  • Chair: Sameer Padania, Lead Rapporteur, Sustainability of Journalism, Forum Information & Democracy

This session is sponsored by Google.

Lunch and networking time
14.00 – 15.15 PLENARY PANEL: Platforms and publishers: How to forge a fairer relationship?

This plenary session will consider the role and scope of the new Digital Markets Unit (DMU) and the UK’s role in creating a competitive online environment more broadly. We’ll explore what policy interventions are needed to promote a fair relationship between platforms and news publishers, and ensure a sustainable future for high-quality journalism, for the benefit not just of consumers, but society and our democracy.


  • Lord Puttnam, Chair of the Lords’ Democracy and Digital Technologies Committee
  • Michelle Meagher, Co-Founder, Balanced Economy Project; Senior Policy Fellow, UCL; competition lawyer and author of “Competition is Killing Us”
  • Emma Meese, Director, Centre for Community Journalism and the Independent Community News Network 
  • Hugh Milward, General Manager, Corporate, External and Legal Affairs, Microsoft
  • Chair: Carys Roberts, Executive Director, IPPR

This session is sponsored by Microsoft. 

16.15 – 17.20 PLENARY PANEL: The Great British Sell-Off: What’s the future for C4’s public service programming?

As a consultation on the future of C4 launches join, this session will take a deep dive into what privatisation could mean for the industry. Our speakers will explore the pros and cons of privatisation, the role of C4 in the creative economy and the significant role C4 News plays in the channel’s identity and within UK journalism. 


  • Andrew Griffith MP
  • Maggie Brown, Media Writer, Channel 4 Historian 
  • Fraser Nelson, Editor, The Spectator 
  • John McVay, Chief Executive, PACT 
  • Baroness Bonham-Carter, Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson for Culture, Media and Sport
  • Chair: Jake Kanter, International Editor, Deadline

CLOSING: Carys Roberts, Executive Director, IPPR

18.30 – 20.30 DRINKS RECEPTION

Our drinks reception will celebrate 20 years of the IPPR Oxford Media Convention. This will take place at a central London location (details will be shared with registered attendees).

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