Broadcasters kick off sports debate at Nations & Regions Media Conference

Broadcasters kick off sports debate at Nations & Regions Media Conference

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Leading figures from the world of broadcasting will debate the future of sport in the media on Tuesday 13 March when the influential Nations and Regions Media Conference hosts a special panel discussion in Salford.

With the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games less than six months away, and BBC Sport settling into its new home at MediaCityUK, BBC Radio 5 Live Sport presenter Mark Chapman will chair the session tackling the key issues facing broadcasters and whether UK consumers are well served by the current sports media landscape.

Featuring Head of BBC Sport Barbara Slater; Niall Sloane, Head of ITV Sport; David Wheeldon, Director of Policy and Public Affairs for BSkyB; Head of TalkSport Moz Dee; and former FA Executive Director David Davies, who wrote the controversial report into the so-called ‘crown jewels’ list of events reserved for free-to-air TV, the panel will also examine the BBC Trust’s conclusion that up to two-thirds of 5 Live's sport output is football-focused and that the station must diversify to provide more coverage of minority sports.

Conference Creative Director Katy Boulton said: “Our panel reads like a ‘Who's Who’ of sports media. We're delighted to be offering such a high quality session with such influential speakers and I'm sure it will be of great interest to our delegates.”

The Nations & Regions Media Conference, which runs from 12-13 March at various venues across MediaCityUK and Salford Quays, is organised by the University of Salford and is one of the biggest media events held outside London. The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, will open the high profile event and delegates will also hear from keynote speakers including Adam Crozier, ITV Chief Executive, Director of BBC Vision George Entwistle, and Diane Coyle, Vice Chairman of the BBC Trust.

For further details of the Nations & Regions Media Conference and to register attendance visit www.nationsandregionsmedia.org.