At this week’s Oxford Media Convention I was thrilled to hear both Lord Patten and David Abraham announce their ongoing commitments to new and emerging types of TV.
Lord Patten discussed “fluidity in the commissioning system", and ideas no longer being defined by their channel, time slot, demographic or cost.
David Abraham renewed Channel 4’s commitment to creative diversity and “digital pathfinding” as well as announcing an additional £80m to Channel 4’s commissioning budget for 2012.
It’s such an exciting time to be in TV, as Mark Thompson’s Martini Media speech of 2006 becomes a fact of life for so many of us, and the very definition of television is stretched to breaking point. And yet the most brilliant linear programmes continue to get commissioned and made and watched by record levels of people.
I can’t wait to hear you challenging the controllers on the details of their strategies and more at the 2012 Festival. And with sessions on connected TV, convergent formats, self-broadcasting and the new breeds of indie all in development already, as well as more exciting masterclasses than you can shake a stick at, the Festival promises to be bursting with information, inspiration and creative chutzpah.
So make a date to consume this particular piece of content in Edinburgh in August with us. It’s what they call appointment to view.
To let you in on a secret… registrations for the festival will launch Monday! In response to customer feedback, this year 100 delegate places will be reserved for sale at a super early bird rate.
These will be allocated on a first come first served basis so hurry and get yourself a great value ticket to Edinburgh! And don't forget to tell your friends!
Louise BensonFestival Director