Lord Patten, Chairman of the BBC Trust, will give the RTS Fleming Memorial Lecture 2011. This will be his first public speech as BBC Trust Chairman. The Lecture will take place in London, at the Royal Institution of Great Britain, on 6 July.
In his lecture, entitled 'The BBC – Old Values, New Technologies', Lord Patten will set out his vision for the BBC and consider the relevance of public service broadcasting in the digital age.
Lord Patten brings to the BBC Trust extensive experience in the public sector, covering politics, diplomacy and higher education, both in the UK and abroad. When he left the University of Oxford in 1966, he turned down a graduate traineeship with the BBC and instead went into politics.
In addition to his successful political career at Westminster and with the European Commission, he has taken on some uniquely challenging roles, including the Governorship of Hong Kong, where, as last Governor, he managed the handover to China. He also chaired the Independent Commission for Policing in Northern Ireland, which set up a new police service.
Lord Patten is Chancellor of the University of Oxford and was made a life peer in 2005.
The Fleming Memorial Lecture is held in memory of Sir John Ambrose Fleming (1849 -1945), a pioneer and advocate of broadcasting and the first president of the Television Society. Held annually, past speakers of the Fleming Memorial Lecture have included Stewart Purvis, Mark Thompson, Sir Michael Lyons and Samir Shah.
This year’s Lecture will take place at the Royal Institution of Great Britain, 21 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4BS at 7:00pm on Wednesday 6 July 2011.
Lord Patten, Chairman of the BBC Trust