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Trevor Phillips’ TV diary

Having inadvertently found myself in the headlines twice in the past month, I’ve given up trying to understand what makes today’s news media pay attention.

Returning from the summer break, I pitched up at the Big Tent Ideas Festival, held in a field near Cambridge, to debate the future of AI and machine learning. To my nerdy mind, fears of massive job losses and robot control, stoked by people who can barely spell “algorithm”, are misplaced.

RTS London: IBC Review

The International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) drew almost 56,000 people to Amsterdam in September, a small decrease on the year before. However, the number of conference delegates increased by 14% on the year before.

Channel 4 chief operating officer Keith Underwood, who chaired the IBC content steering group this year, argued that the annual media entertainment and technology show had been a success.

Watch the full sessions from the RTS London Conference 2018

The rise in technology, diversity and online regulation were discussed by experts in television in front an audience of industry professionals.

BBC's Tony Hall, Ofcom's Sharon White and Secretary of State for DCMS The RT Hon Jeremy Wright MP delivered speeches at the conference, and ITV's Chief Executive Carolyn McCall spoke for the first time since her appointment during a conversation with Tim Hincks.

Watch the full sessions from the conference below. You can read more about this year's RTS London Conference in the October issue of Television magazine.

Commission Accomplished | RTS London

We all know the market is changing shape. But what of the shows within it?  What does it mean to commission linear television in an increasingly SVOD world?  

Meanwhile, what are the new entrants really looking for? And are these platform distinctions as cut and dried as they seem?

Amazon’s Georgia Brown, Channel 4’s Ian Katz and Sky’s Zai Bennett discuss content in a shifting world with Kirsty Wark. 

Rise of the Machines – Voice, AI and Beyond | RTS London

From mobile Virtual Assistants to Artificially Intelligent TVs to Smart Speakers, Voice is now impacting the broadcasting industry in exciting and explorative ways.

Targeted Advertising, Personalised Discovery, Fake News? What opportunities does this audio-based medium hold and what issues does it bring along with it?

How will advancements in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Biometrics drive the platform forward and really get to the heart of the consumer?

Diversity and Inclusion: Lessons From Outside TV | RTS London

Diversity and inclusion are top of the list for responsible media organisations. But tackling inequalities across gender, race, disability and social mobility is a challenge, so how can we learn what works and define best practice? Can we learn from other sectors?

Deborah Williams, CEO of CDN, gives an update on the current state of play in the broadcasting industry followed by a discussion with Mark McLane, Barclays, Anne Nguyen, BCG, and Karen Blackett, WPP, with examples of good practice elsewhere.

How To Regulate The Internet – Audience Protection In A Digital Age | RTS London

Even Mark Zuckerberg agrees that regulation of online platforms is inevitable. The question now is “how do you do it”?  With a white paper on internet regulation expected in the Autumn, this session will examine what steps the Government must take to ensure a level playing field between broadcasters and technology companies. Has the time come for an internet regulator? And do successful broadcasting rules – like the watershed, advertising rules and impartiality – have a place in an online regime?