Who Benefits? How can poverty be better portrayed on TV

Who Benefits?

A BBC Outreach conference to bring charities and media together in one space to learn, discuss and workshop how poverty can be better portrayed on TV.

Manchester Town Hall, 30 November (10.00am - 4.00pm)

This conference will consider the portrayal of poverty on television; it is being held by the BBC, The Royal Television Society, NCVO and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Who Benefits? will be chaired by BBC Breakfast presenter, Louise Minchin, and speakers include: Julia Unwin CBE, CEO of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Rev Steve Chalke MBE, Founder of Oasis & Stop The Traffik; Ben Frow, the controller of Channel 5; Helen Bullough, Head of CBBC Production; Cat Lewis, CEO of Nine Lives Media; Jack Monroe, Blogger and Guardian Columnist; Patrick Holland, BBC Documentary Commissioner; Marie Smith, Casting Producer for People Like Us; White Dee from Channel 4's Benefit Street; and the BBC Panorama team (plus many more to be confirmed).

We'll be looking at some of the reality TV/doc programmes that have been made in poorer communities: what they are, how they are made, and why audiences watch them.

One of the aims is for charities to find out about how commissioners and programme-makers make decisions about what goes into programmes. We hope programme-makers and commissioners will tap into new and untold stories.

We also expect to reveal two new pieces of original research; on audience attitudes to poverty and from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on media use of language.

Who Benefits? is a free event with limited tickets - live streaming will also be made available - more details to follow.

For further information and to request an invite please contact dan.foster@bbc.co.uk