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Cardiff Media Summit 2015

11th November 2015

Preseli Room, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, CF10 5AL 0930 - 1700


The second annual Cardiff Media Summit is being held on November 11th at the Wales Millennium Centre to discuss the findings of the IWA's Media Audit which will be launched ahead of the conference.

This is a major survey of the media in Wales – across print, broadcast and online and in Welsh and English – which is being carried out by the IWA's media policy group and academics, and will include data and commentary on the state of the Welsh media.

BBC Director of Strategy, the former Culture Secretary, James Purnell, will be delivering the keynote address on the challenges facing the BBC ahead of Charter Renewal and the future of the licence fee.

Other speakers include Jonathan Grun, Emeritus Editor, Press Association; Ian McKenzie, Nations & Regions Manager, Channel 4; Elan Closs Stephens, BBC National Trustee for Wales; Blair Jenkins, former senior executive, STV & BBC Scotland;  former Independent Editor Ian Hargreaves; John McVay, CEO, PACT and former Radio Wales editor Sali Collins.

This event is kindly supported by the BBC.


0930            Registration

1000           Welcome from Lee Waters, Director of the IWA

1005           Angela Graham, Chair, IWA Media Policy Group, & Hywel Wiliam, IWA Media Audit team

                   Welcome and introduction to the Summit. Outline of the media audit, its rationale, purpose and key issues.

1015            James Purnell, Director of Strategy, BBC

                   Keynote address on the future of the BBC

1030            James Purnell in conversation with Lee Waters

                   Discussion to include: a new Charter, future of licence fee, Silk/SNP, S4C

1100            Two minute silence

1102            Open to Floor for dialogue

1140            Networking break

1215            Media in Wales - what's the trend?

                   Introduction with preface of IWA's media audit conclusions by member of audit team Ruth McElroy, University of South Wales

1230            What is the digital future for Wales?

                   Prof Ian Hargreaves (author of The Heart of Digital Wales) in conversation with Ken Skates AM, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, and Alwen Williams, Director, BT Cymru Wales

1315           Lunch

1400           Securing the best deal for Wales

                  Introduction with preface of relevant media audit conclusions by member of audit team Elis Owen, IWA Media Policy group


1415            Breakout Discussions: Press / Radio

The breakout sessions will be facilitated discussions around some of the main themes of the IWA’s audit. Each will have a Chair and two discussion leaders to instigate the debate amongst conference delegates.

1) Press (Preseli Room):

The future of the press and journalism in Wales

Chair: Professor Máire Messenger Davies, Director of the Centre for Media Research, University of Ulster / University of South Wales

Discussion leaders:

Jonathan Grun, Emeritus Editor, Press Association & Prof Tom O'Malley, Aberystwyth University

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2) Radio (Japan Room):

“The future of radio in Wales - why not let the market decide?” 

Chair: Helen Bowden, Station Director, Swansea Sound

Discussion leaders:

Martin Mumford, Group Managing Director, Town and Country Broadcasting & Sali Collins, Former Editor, BBC Radio Wales


1515            Networking break

1545             Breakout Discussions: Television / TV Indies

1) Television (Preseli Room):

A discussion to include the role of regulation of the BBC, the future of S4C and ITV, and plurality.

Chair: Aled Eirug, S4C Authority

Discussion leaders:

Elan Closs Stephens, National Trustee for Wales, BBC Trust & Blair Jenkins, former senior executive at STV and BBC Scotland.

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2) TV Indies (Japan Room): 

“Contestability & Commissioning - the Independent Sector in Wales” 

A discussion to include the ending of the WOCC, Compete and Compare, the future of Roath Lock, Channel 4, the role of ITV, employment & training.

Chair: Dr John Geraint, Creative Director, Green Bay Media

Discussion leaders:

John McVay, CEO, PACT & TBC


1645               The Way Forward: Forging a Dynamic Media Future for Wales (based on chapter/recommendations in media audit)

Summary of the day: Angela Graham

Closing address: Alun Cairns MP, Under-Secretary, Wales Office

1730 Close



Early Bird IWA Member ticket - £72 plus VAT (limited number)

Early Bird IWA Non-Member ticket - £144 plus VAT (limited number)

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