Channel 4 Symposium

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Date: 05 November 2020
Venue: Waterside 3, The Watershed, 1 Canon's Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TX
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Time: 09:00 - 18:00

Occasioned by developments within the UK's screen industries, this event offers both UK and non-UK researchers the opportunity to discuss and debate developments in the reconfiguration of regional screen industries, and to present research projects and work-in-progress that examine the relationships between centre and periphery in any country.


9:00-9:30: Registration and Coffee
9:30-9:45: Welcome
9.45-10.40: Keynote - May the (Centrifugal) Force be with you: The latest episode in UK TV's regional hub wars. (Professor Justin Smith, De Montfort University)
10:40-11:00: Coffee
11:00-12:30: Panel 1 (Chair: Andrew Spicer)
- Narratives of relocating: Examining the significance, value and legacy of the Channel 4 move to regional production hubs. (David Lee, University of Leeds; Katherine Champion, University of Stirling and Lisa Kelly, University of Glasgow)
- Channel 4 and the Digital Content Unit - What's the difference? (Anna Zoellner, University of Leeds)
- Why Leeds? (Nathan Townsend, University of York)
12:30-13:15: Lunch
13:15-14:45: Panel 2 (Chair: Amy Genders)
- Will the establishment of Channel 4's Creative Hub in Glasgow promote new growth and expansion for Scotland's independent production sector or does it simply restore the level of access to Channel 4 that was originally established in the 1980s? (Alistair Scott, Edinburgh Napier University)
- 'Invent the Future of Channel 4 with Bristol' (Andrew Spicer, UWE Bristol)
- About Britain: a historical perspective on the creation and celebration of identity through regional ITV. (Trevor Hearing, Bournemouth University)
14:45-15:00: Coffee
15:00-15:45: Channel 4 Presentation (Sinead Rocks, Managing Director Nations and Regions) and Q&A (Chair: Andrew Spicer)
15:45-16:45: Panel discussion (Sylvia Harvey; Pat Loughrey; Cat Lewis; Chair: Lynn Barlow)
16:45-17:15: Plenary
17:15-18:00: End with wine and nibbles

Attendance Fees

General Public: £75.00
UWE Staff: £25.00
Students: £10.00 (Please register using your student email address).

Please note: We hope that the event will take place at The Watershed, Bristol, however, if government restrictions are in place at this time, the event will be run online. We will inform you of any changes nearer to the amended date of this event.

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Cost: Various
Contact: Amy Genders

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