21st Century Fox, BBC, BSkyB Toppers Talk Power at London Media Pow-wow

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LONDON — Chase Carey, prexy and chief operating officer of 21st Century Fox, Tony Hall, director general of the BBC, and Jeremy Darroch, CEO of U.K. satcaster BSkyB, will be among the speakers at the RTS London Conference, which will look at the interplay between power, politics and the media.

The event, which takes place on Sept. 9, will also be attended by Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, who is the government minister in charge of U.K. media policy.

The event is organized by the Royal Television Society, which is an org for top U.K. TV execs.

Other speakers include J.B. Perrette, president of Discovery Networks Intl.; Kevin Lygo, managing director of ITV Studios, the production arm of the U.K.’s top commercial network; Jim Ryan, senior VP and chief strategy officer at Liberty Global; and Lorraine Heggessey, exec chair, Boom Pictures.

Also attending are John Hardie, CEO of ITN; John Ryley, head of Sky News; James Harding, BBC director of news and current affairs; James Purnell, director of strategy and digital, BBC; Stewart Purvis, professor of TV journalism, City University; and Peter Bazalgette, president of RTS.

The event will be chaired by STV CEO Rob Woodward, who said: “In the week leading up to Scotland’s referendum on independence and less than a year to the next U.K. general election, this year’s conference will provide a timely insight into the forces that forge our industry worldwide.

“Does the media world rest in a state of natural equilibrium between the political and the powerful or is it the coveted prize in a tug of war? How do policies help or hinder growth and innovation and should we celebrate or fear increasingly unregulated media channels?

“We have lined up a cornucopia of expertise spanning the many axes of politics and power covering the U.K., Europe and global markets to provide their insights into the topic.”

Sessions will explore a number of themes, including how the BBC is shaping up for charter renewal in 2016, and what the future PBS landscape will look like. Other issues tackled include the changing role that broadcast, online and social media play in the democratic process around the world; and the future provision of broadcast news, the role of online competitors and how PBS news will be funded.

The event will also look at the changing role of talent in IP creation; what the industry is doing to enable the next generation of talent and increase access to the sector; and strategies for success through the eyes of global players on both sides of the Atlantic.

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