The conference was held at the charming Geological Society in Burlington House W1.
As well as erudite figures from the press (Poly Toynbee and Richard Brooks) Media commentators like Torin Douglas and Raymond Snoddy these was the academic Prof. Steven Barnett and industry figures Steve Morrison (formerly head honcho at Granada) and Lorraine Heggessey whose CV includes the role of head of BBC 1 TV.
|Venue for this years conference|
Here's Tony (Lord) Hall's speech and some commentary on Sir Peter's critique of the hirsute Bragg.
Regarding BBC there does seem to be some concern of political posturing amongst the ideologues of the right who wish to emasculate the BBC (election looming) but this is something we've seen before Chris Patten, remember him now chair of BBC Trust in an earlier life as Conservative Party Chair he said ''Phone them, write to them, above all phone them on the spot - if necessary, jam the switchboards.')
Also it was slightly amusing seeing Tony Hall's refusal to provide conjecture on the effects of an independent Scotland on the BBC.Also it was slightly amusing seeing Tony Hall's refusal to provide conjecture on the effects of an independent Scotland on the BBC.VLV does great lobbying for the shared cultural space that is Public service broadcasting if that's your bag do support their 30th anniversary appeal