The Royal Television Society (RTS), Britain’s leading forum for television and related media, has announced its prestigious biennial Cambridge Convention will go ahead in person for 2021, taking place across two days from the 15th to 16th of September.
Sky’s Group CEO Dana Strong is confirmed as the first international keynote for the conference, marking her first European outing since her appointment earlier this year. The initial line-up of industry leaders also confirmed to speak at the conference includes Tim Davie, Director-General BBC; Alex Mahon, CEO, Channel 4; Carolyn McCall, CEO, ITV; Richard Sharp, Chair of the BBC and Mark Thompson, Chairman, Ancestry.com and Former President and CEO of The New York Times Company. Further high-profile speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.
The 2021 event, which is set to take place at King’s College in Cambridge, is titled “Broadcast Britain: Reshaping Britishness on the global stage”. The Principal Sponsor for the RTS Cambridge Convention 2021 is YouTube.
Theresa Wise, CEO at the Royal Television Society, said: “After such a challenging and distanced 18 months for the industry, we are thrilled to be bringing everyone together in Cambridge to hear from leading global executives on the future of British broadcasting. We are delighted to have Ben McOwen Wilson and YouTube on board as Chair of the Convention and Principal Sponsor for this year’s Convention and are working hard to ensure we have the measures in place to welcome the industry safely in September.”
Ben McOwen Wilson, Managing Director YouTube, UK and Ireland and Convention Chair, added: “After a challenging period for the industry, the nation and our viewers – we are looking forward to welcoming RTS members back to Cambridge. With the help of a fantastic Advisory Committee, I believe we have pulled together a thought-provoking agenda with an outstanding speaker line-up from across UK and international markets. In 2021, British broadcasting faces a unique array of local challenges, on top of the waves of change that are reshaping television globally. I hope that the Convention will help us to challenge ourselves on how we inspire and expand to build a thriving broadcast sector that better celebrates and represents voices from every corner of today’s diverse modern Britain and is prepared for the decade ahead.”
Should there be a change in Government restrictions owing to new covid variants of concern which prevents the Convention proceeding, the RTS will be providing full refunds.