LONDON — Disney prexy Bob Iger will be the keynote speaker at a Royal Television Society event that will be James Murdoch’s first U.K. conference appearance since he became CEO of satcaster BSkyB last year.
The event, Global End Game: U.K. Meets the Real World, is skedded for Sept. 29.
Other confirmed speakers, certain to be attended by Blighty webheads, are Harry Sloan, chairman of SBS Broadcasting, and Tom Mockeridge, Sky Italia’s CEO.
Conference head David Hulbert, president of Walt Disney Television Intl., said: “Even though the U.K. is technically advanced in many areas and has been successful in exporting programs and formats around the world, U.K. companies are generally not global operators compared with the major U.S. players.
“In 10 years will the industry be dominated by a few large, U.S.-based multinationals, or will fragmenting audiences continue to keep a space open for local programs and broadcasters? Will U.K. players have to become part of larger groups to prosper?
“This conference is designed to explore what the future of global television holds and what the U.K.’s role is within it.”