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Friday, January 6, 2006

Oxford Media Convention 2006 Begins January 19

The Oxford Media Convention begins January 19 at the Said Business School at Oxford University.The description of the program is below. Here are links to the speakers, the program, the organizers, and other information.

The 2006 Oxford Media Convention organised by ippr in association with MediaGuardian and PCMLP, Oxford University will focus on the role of public service broadcasting and media regulation in a digital age. Convergence, which has been talked about for so long, is finally upon us, as the internet and mobile phones are gradually becoming viable platforms for consuming and sharing all forms of content. The public contract between media companies and citizens is being rewritten, with fundamental reviews of the BBC and other broadcasters, to bring them in line with the new giants of audiovisual.

But the strategies of the main media players are only now becoming clear, and a successful transition depends above all on them. It is not at all clear what the role of the BBC should be in this environment, nor what model of competition policy-makers should be pursuing. The 2006 Oxford Media Convention will bring together strategists from all the major media players with the key experts from Government and academia, to address these challenges and ask where and how regulators should intervene, to uphold the public interest.

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