RTS Cambridge Convention Schedule


Accommodation registration opens at King's College


Convention Opens                Concert Hall                                                    

Welcome by Tom Mockridge RTS Chair and Chief Executive, Virgin Media


Session One: A World Of Opportunity

Andrew Griffith, Group Chief Operating Officer of Sky and Gary Davey, Managing Director of Content at Sky set the scene for the Convention with a wide-ranging look at the challenges and opportunities for the UK’s television industry in the fast-changing world of technology and consumer behaviour. The session also features expert commentary from Lindsey Clay, CEO of Thinkbox and David Rowan, Editor-at-large of WIRED UK.



Gary Davey, Managing Director, Content, Sky

Andrew Griffith, Group Chief Operating Officer, Sky



Lindsey Clay, CEO, Thinkbox

David Rowan, Editor-At-Large and Founding Editor-in-Chief, WIRED UK


Session Two: International Keynote – Nancy Dubuc, A+E Networks

Leading a global entertainment media company with six original brands and a reach of 330 million worldwide, Nancy Dubuc offers an international perspective on how to thrive in a competitive landscape. She will outline opportunities for British producers, and discuss the challenges of changes in linear viewing, declines in ad revenue and the rise of the social media giants.



Jay Hunt, Chief Creative Officer, Channel 4



Nancy Dubuc, President and CEO, A+E Networks




Session Three: Show Me The Money!

It’s the dream scenario for a producer: to be handed a huge budget and the creative freedom to create compelling content for a new platform.  Producers Andy Harries and Andy Wilman, in conversation with Peter Fincham, discuss the origins and production of The Crown and The Grand Tour respectively. How did it work, how sustainable is it and where do they go from here?



            Peter Fincham, Co-CEO, Expectation Entertainment



Andy Harries, Chief Executive, Left Bank Pictures

Andy Wilman, Executive Producer, The Grand Tour


Session Four: Keynote – Sir David Clementi, BBC

Sir David will provide observations on his first six months as Chairman as well as setting out how the BBC's public purposes will be central to achieving the Corporation's vision to reinvent itself for a new generation.



Lorna Tilbian, Executive Director, Numis Securities



Sir David Clementi, Chairman, BBC


End of Day One


BBC Worldwide Drinks Reception                                          King’s College


Discovery Communications Dinner                                        King’s College

            After dinner speakers – Jonathan Edwards and Greg Rutherford


Atos Nightcap                                                                         King’s College


Opening                                                                                 Concert Hall


Session Five: In Whose News Do We Trust?

In whose news do we trust? In a climate of fake news and ever-increasing unmediated content, and with rolling news necessitating swift decision making, how do our news feeds stack up? Decision makers from the major news broadcasters and online providers are pitted against each other in a fast-developing, hypothetical scenario. When serious news breaks how will they choose what to run? How will they verify content against the clock? On hand is a regulation expert to remind them of their responsibilities – but do those who aren’t subject to regulation take different decisions?  And what about the audience’s expectations and choices? Delegates are invited to vote as the situation unfolds.



Barbara Serra, International Broadcaster



Chris Banatvala, Independent Media Consultant and former Ofcom Content Board member

James Harding, Director, News & Current Affairs, BBC

Julie Hulme, Director of Newsgathering, ITV News

Jonathan Levy, Director of Newsgathering & Operations, Sky News

Stuart Millar, Head of News, Buzzfeed




Session Six: In Conversation – Sharon White with Kirsty Wark

Sharon White, Chief Executive of Ofcom, talks to Kirsty Wark about taking responsibility for regulating the BBC, the challenge posed by the proliferation of fake news and how to extend diversity in broadcasting.



Kirsty Wark, Journalist, Broadcaster and Writer



Sharon White, Chief Executive, Ofcom


Session Seven: In Conversation – James Murdoch with Sarah Sands

As CEO of 21st Century Fox, James Murdoch will share insights on opportunities for programmers and the creative economy during a time of industry transformation in a session chaired by Sarah Sands, Editor of BBC Radio Four’s Today Programme.



Sarah Sands, Editor, Today Programme, BBC



James Murdoch, Chief Executive Officer, 21st Century Fox


Lunch at King's College


Session Eight: All The World’s A Stage

The UK television industry has a first class track record both creatively and in accessing international markets. As we contemplate a post-Brexit future, an expert international panel discusses strategic priorities, market trends and future opportunities – and how UK creatives can make the most of these.



Sophie Turner Laing, CEO, Endemol Shine Group



            Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia Group

            Michelle Guthrie, Managing Director, Australian Broadcasting Corporation

            David Lynn, President & CEO, Viacom International Media Networks

            Rebecca Yang, CEO, IPCN


Session Nine: Secretary of State Keynote


Anushka Asthana, Joint Political Editor, The Guardian



The Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport




Session Ten: What Is The Future For Digital Advertising?

Advertising has a central role to play in funding the content our audiences love but this critical revenue stream is increasingly challenged by the rise of the tech giants. At a time when concern is growing about the veracity and quality of some online advertising, how can broadcasters fight back against the digital threat? Will clients and brands really pay for a quality and brand-safe environment or is this just a blip before online displaces broadcast as the winner in global video advertising? And what other innovation or changes could television deploy?   



Hugh Dennis, Actor, Comedian and Writer



Nicki Brown, Advertising Controller, Argos

Ben McOwen Wilson, Director of Partnerships, YouTube Europe, Middle East and Africa

Alexi Mostrous, Head of Investigations, The Times

Kelly Williams, Commercial Director, ITV


Session Eleven:  A League of Our Own?

A light-hearted look at the future of entertainment. A panel of leading commissioners will offer their thoughts on how to have a linear hit in a digital age. What are the next big trends? Can entertainment break out of Saturday nights?  Featuring a very special all-star League of Their Own task with a number of familiar faces.


Richard Osman, Producer/Presenter



Philip Edgar-Jones, Director of Sky Arts and Head of Entertainment, Sky

Siobhan Greene, Head of Entertainment, ITV

Kate Phillips, Controller, Entertainment Commissioning, BBC


End of Day Two​


VICELAND Reception                                                             King’s College


Accenture Dinner                                                                    King’s College

            After dinner speaker– Alastair Campbell


21st Century Fox Nightcap                                                      King's College


Opening                                                                                 Concert Hall


Session Twelve: A World of Opportunity – For All?

Long term success is built by mobilising and engaging the very best talent both on and off screen. Whilst progress has been made on diversity, issues such as class, social mobility and the under-representation of some viewpoints are now rising up the agenda. With the contribution of some young people trying to take their first steps into broadcasting, the panellists debate the issues and the solutions in this important area.



Tim Hincks, Co-CEO, Expectation Entertainment



Greg Dyke, broadcaster and former BBC Director-General

Julie Hesmondhalgh, Actor

Anne Mensah, Head of Drama, Sky

Fraser Nelson, Editor, The Spectator

James Purnell, Director of Radio and Education, BBC


Session Thirteen: Talent – How To Find It, Nurture It, Pay For It and Keep It

Finding and keeping the best talent is the key to commercial success – whether it’s the face of your channel, or the personalities who anchor your entertainment formats.  But it’s a tricky balancing act. Agreeing the right deal, keeping your existing talent happy and preventing your rivals from poaching them is enough to keep broadcast execs awake at night.  A panel of experts take a look at navigating the talent jungle.         



Heather Jones, General Manager UK / Senior VP of Content & Creative, A+E Networks



Wayne Garvie, Chief Creative Officer, International Production, Sony Pictures Television

Ed Havard, Head of Entertainment, TV Events and Sport, Channel 4

Jill Offman, EVP Comedy Central & Paramount Networks Intl. and MD MTV UK & NCEE

Jon Thoday, Joint-Founder and Managing Director, Avalon




Session Fourteen: Seizing The Opportunity

 Reflecting on the discussion and debate of the Convention, some of the leading figures in the industry share what they have learned and how their organisations will flourish in the future world.



Tim Hincks, Co-CEO, Expectation Entertainment



David Abraham, Chief Executive, Channel 4

Damian Collins MP, Chairman, Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee

Mai Fyfield, Chief Strategy and Commercial Officer, Sky

Tom Mockridge, Chief Executive, Virgin Media


Convention Closes

            Andrew Griffith, Co Chair RTS Convention and Group Chief Operating Officer, Sky

            Theresa Wise, Chief Executive, RTS


Lunch                                                                                      King’s College

Please note this programme is subject to change