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IPPR Oxford Media Convention goes virtual

In Autumn 2020, we’ll be holding a virtual events series in place of the annual Oxford Media Convention.

With the Convention unable to take place as normal this year, we're instead holding a series of virtual sessions throughout the autumn to explore the impact of Covid-19 on the media industry. 

The Covid-19 pandemic has radically reshaped the economy and society. Like other industries across the globe, the UK media has faced unprecedented disruption. Yet at the same time the media’s role to inform, educate, entertain and connect has never been more important. 

These events will be an opportunity to explore how Covid-19 has shaped a new media landscape and to review how different parts of the media industry have fared and served the public throughout the Covid-19 crisis. We’ll discuss how a stronger industry can emerge - built on embracing an accelerated pace of change and a renewal of public trust - and how the public and private sectors can collaborate to build back a better, more sustainable media ecosystem.  

To register for individual sessions, please follow the links below. All session are free to attend and will take place via Zoom (joining instructions will be shared following registration). 

To hear more about these sessions, the Oxford Media Convention 2021 and our related work subscribe here


Panel: Bouncing back? The media landscape after Covid-19

Monday 2nd November, 16.00-17.30 (GMT)

  • Emily Bell, Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism
  • Madhav Chinnappa, Director of News Ecosystem Development, Google
  • Claire Enders, Founder, Enders Analysis   
  • Jim Waterson, Media Editor, the Guardian
  • Nic Newman, Senior Research Associate, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism 
  • Chair: Carys Roberts, Executive Director, IPPR

Watch the video of this session here


Panel: The future of public service broadcasting: What place is there for national media in a global market place? 

Thursday 19th November, 16.00-17.30 (GMT)

  • Clare Sumner, Director, Policy, BBC
  • Dr Roberto Suárez Candel, Head of Strategy & Media Intelligence, European Broadcasting Union (EBU) 
  • Magnus Brooke, Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs, ITV
  • Fatima​ Salaria, Managing Director, Naked
  • Chair: Dr Damian Tambini, Distinguished Policy Fellow in the Department of Media and Communications, LSE

Watch the video of this session here


Panel: The politics of discoverability: Shifting control over the users’ journey to content 

Wednesday 25th November, 16.30-18.00 (GMT)
In partnership with the LSE Media Policy Project

  • Kate Biggs, Content Policy Director, Ofcom
  • Philip Milton, Senior Public Affairs Manager, Channel 4
  • Professor Catherine Johnson, Professor in Media & Communication, University of Huddersfield
  • Iain Bundred, Head of Public Policy, UK & Ireland, YouTube
  • Eleonora Maria Mazzoli, Media policy and Internet Researcher, Department of Media and Communications, LSE
  • Chair: Dr Damian Tambini, Distinguished Policy Fellow in the Department of Media and Communications, LSE

Watch the video of this session here