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BAFTA TV Debate: My BBC in 10 years' time

Story by Jack Foley

ON November 21, 2011, BAFTA will be holding a special TV debate, My BBC in 10 Years’ Time, which will discuss what will happen with the BBC after the huge budget cuts.

Speakers are to include industry professionals Mark Damazer, Alex Connock and Peter Bazalgette.

As the BBC asks the public to respond to its plans to cut £670 million from its annual budget, BAFTA will be asking leading industry voices to outline the BBC they think would serve Britain best.

It also poses the question of whether there are more radical options that could deliver better value for the licence fee payer?

Members of the public are therefore being asked to join in a progressive debate that will discuss what they want from the BBC, what role it should play in the future for audiences in the media landscape and in our society as a whole, as well as explore how a smaller BBC will affect content and creativity.

The debate will be chaired by the broadcaster and journalist Steve Hewlett and will include the results of a survey conducted to capture the opinions of the British public, delivered by YouGov.


Mark Damazer is the Master of St Peter’s College Oxford. He was Controller of Radio 4 and 7 between 2004 and 2010. Prior to that he spent over 20 years working for BBC News, from producer to Deputy Director. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2011 New Year Honours for services to broadcasting.

Alex Connock co-founded factual TV indie Ten Alps with Bob Geldof and has now founded Manchester-based digital content producer Pretend. He is also Chairman of the Royal Television Society in the North West, and a visiting fellow at Oxford University’s Reuters Institute.

Peter Bazalgette is a media consultant and digital media investor and from 2004-2007 was Chief Creative Officer of Endemol. He has personally devised several internationally successful TV formats, such as Ready Steady Cook and Changing Rooms. He also brought Big Brother to the UK.

Peter also serves as Deputy Chairman of the English National Opera, President of the Royal Television Society and is a Trustee of Debate Mate.

The debate takes place at Princess Anne Theatre on Monday, November 21, from 6.45pm. For more information, please visit the BAFTA website