19-20 May 2005

University of Lincoln

Edward King House
The Old Palace Minster Yard
Lincoln LN2 1PU

The Seminar

This event is designed for postgraduate students and brings together practitioners from the worlds of the media and politics together with academic researchers in the policy field. The purpose of the seminar is to explore some of the key issues involved in film and broadcasting policy research. These include the framing of research objectives, questions of methodology, problems of access to sources and the use and dissemination of findings. Applications are invited from all postgraduate students with an interest in this area (contemporary or historical), but priority will be given to doctoral students who must obtain the approval of their supervisor. Within the constraints of time, participants will have the opportunity to present their work to a group of peers and to receive feedback from staff and students. This seminar is one of a series of postgraduate training events run by the AHRB Centre for British Film and Television Studies.

The event at Edward King House, Lincoln, starts at 6.15pm on Thursday 19 May and ends at 4.30pm on Friday 20 May, 2005. Professor John Hill (former member of the Board of the UK Film Council and author of numerous publications on British cinema) will deliver the opening, keynote presentation on the Thursday evening. Speakers on the Friday include Dr. Gillian Doyle, University of Stirling (author of Understanding Media Economics and Media Ownership), Peter Goddard, University of Liverpool (researching the history of current affairs regulation in the Granada and ITC/Ofcom archives), Simon Pitts, Controller of Regulatory Afffairs at ITV and Carole Tongue, expert on public service broadcasting and former Member of the European Parliament with responsibility for audio-visual policy. The event is residential and registration is free, but places are limited and must be booked in advance (the application form can be obtained from the Centre Administrator).

The organiser of the Training Day is Professor Sylvia Harvey of the University of Lincoln.



Thursday, 19 May 2005 (Edward King House)
18.15 - 18.30: Registration
18.30 - 18.40: Welcome and Introduction (Professor Sylvia Harvey, University of Lincoln)
18.40 - 20.00:

Session One: Researching and Implementing Policy

  • Recent Developments in UK Film Policy, Prof. John Hill, Royal Holloway, University of London
20.00: Dinner, Edward King House
Friday, 20 May 2005 (Edward King House)
9.30 - 11.00:

Session Two: Some Challenges of Academic Policy Research

  • Researching Media Economics and Media Management, Dr. Gillian Doyle, University of Stirling
  • Using the Archives: Granada and the ITC/Ofcom, Peter Goddard, University of Liverpool
11.00 - 11.30: Coffee
11.30 - 1.00:

Session Three: Doing Policy, Some Political and Commercial Imperatives

  • ITV, the Communications Act and the New Regulatory Framework, Simon Pitts, Controller of Regulatory Affairs, ITV
  • From the European Parliament to UNESCO: Some Audio-Visual Controversies, Carole Tongue, Former Member of the European Parliament and Visiting Professor, London University of the Art
1.00 - 2.00: Lunch
2.15 - 3.45:

Session Four: Student Presentations

  • small groups
Speakers: Professor Robin Mansell, Dixons Chair in New Media and the Internet, London School of Economics
Sylvia Harvey, Professor of Broadcasting Policy, Sheffield Hallam University, and Principal Associate Director, AHRB Centre for British Film and Television Studies
3.45 - 4.00: Tea
4.00 - 4.30: Session Five: Plenary


Registration Details

Research students currently enrolled at UK universities can apply for free admission to the Postgraduate Training Day. The closing date for applications is Monday 25 April, 2005.

Applications are invited from UK postgraduate research students working in film and television studies, giving details of current enrolment in a higher education institution, area of research, an academic CV and a brief statement of reasons for wishing to attend. The application should include an indication of approval from the applicant's supervisor.

Space permitting, MA students and others with an interest in policy research may be able to attend the event. Booking is essential and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis once applications from research students have been considered. Those interested in attending should email the Centre Administrator:

For those whose institutions are unable to offer financial support, a number of small bursaries will be available to assist with travel and accommodation costs. Applications to and further details from:

Ann Jones
Centre Administrator
AHRB Centre for British Film and Television Studies
Birkbeck, University of London
43 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PD
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