Posted on 28/09/2012
Key industry figures from the television and digital media independent sector reflected on the past 30 years of public service broadcast at a major industry conference last week.
Cowboys or Indies? 30 Years of Public Service Broadcasting, which was held at the British Film Institute Southbank, was organised by Royal Holloway University of London in partnership with London Metropolitan University and the University of Sussex.
The conference featured keynote presentations from Richard Davidson-Houston, Head of Channel 4 Online, who looked at the role Channel 4 will play in a multiplatform future for public service broadcasting. Davidson-Houston spoke alongside Andrew Chitty (MD of Illumina Digital and Creative England), who called for a strong role for the independent sector in defining a future for public service online. These closing keynotes were preceded by the opening address by Alex Graham (MD Wall to Wall, makers of Who do you think you are?) and Professor John Ellis (Royal Holloway), who spoke of the origins of the independent sector 30 years ago. They set out a number of key themes explored through the day, especially the commitment of Indies to balancing public service broadcasting and profit.
The conference saw the launch of a major industry report, Multiplatforming Public Service Broadcasting: The economic and cultural role of UK Digital and TV Independents, which can be downloaded from the Cowboys or Indies website.