Royal Television Society


UK’s RTS confirms Cambridge Convention physical event & initial line-up

The Royal Television Society (RTS) has confirmed that its biennial Cambridge Convention will go ahead in person for 2021. The event will take place on 15-16 September, with Sky’s Group CEO Dana Strong set to keynote, marking her first European appearance since her appointment earlier this year. The line-up also includes BBC chief Tim Davie, […]

Why a Covid-fuelled podcast boom is set to last

Josh Adley, director of commercial & client relations at UK podcast studio Listen, explains how TV producers and broadcasters can make the most of a move into the podcast space. At the start of the pandemic, there was a noticeable shift in mindset from TV companies – podcasts shot up their list of priorities. Productions had […]

RTS appoints BBC Three’s Fiona Campbell as Northern Ireland chair

The UK’s Royal Television Society (RTS) has appointed Fiona Campbell, controller of BBC Three, to chair of its Northern Irish operations. Campbell will succeed Vikkie Taggart, director of operations at Stellify Media, in charge of the Royal Television Society Northern Ireland Centre. Its members include the BBC, UTV, Sky, Northern Ireland Screen, Belfast Met Film […]

BBC chief Tony Hall eyes opportunity with Disney, Apple launches

BBC director-general Tony Hall believes an imminent “second wave of disruption” caused by streamers from companies such as Disney and Apple will provide the UK public broadcaster with an opportunity to attract more viewers. Hall has been a frequent commentator on the growing dominance of Netflix within the UK industry. But he will use his […]

Netflix’s Hastings to keynote at RTS

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is to deliver a keynote address at this year’s Royal Television Society (RTS) convention, which takes place this September in Cambridge, UK.   Hastings will appear as an international keynote for the RTS Cambridge Convention alongside fellow speakers including ABC Studios’ exec VP of business operations Howard Davine; Tim Hincks, co-CEO of […]

The Royal Television Society reveals nominees for its Programme Awards 2019

The list of nominees for the 2019 Royal Television Society (RTS) Programme Awards has been revealed with Killing Eve, Blue Planet II and Grenfell up for top honours. The RTS Programme Awards seek to recognise programmes which, in the year in question, have made a material and positive contribution to their genre: either because their originality in […]

Amazon “desperate” to support broadcasting landscape

Amazon Europe boss Georgia Brown has said it is “mad” to think that the streaming service is going to “warehouse rights” and snatch shows away from domestic broadcasters. The director of European Originals for Amazon assuaged fears long held by traditional channels that the platform would reduce the number of co-productions it invests in – […]

Viacom CEO: We are “not looking to create another Netflix”

Viacom boss Bob Bakish has swatted away plans for a Netflix-style platform, while highlighting the business’ production strategy and calling for stronger regulation of SVOD platforms. Speaking at the Royal Television Society (RTS) London conference on Tuesday (18 September), Bakish, who took the reins at Viacom in 2016, highlighted that he is “not looking to […]

James Murdoch to give RTS keynote

21st Century Fox boss James Murdoch will give the keynote address at the RTS Cambridge conference this September. The Fox CEO will headline the event with Sky, the pay TV operator the company is in the throes of taking over, the event’s main sponsor this year. Ofcom chief Sharon White will also speak. The UK communications […]

Virgin Media boss Mockridge to chair RTS

Pay TV veteran Tom Mockridge will chair the Royal Television Society board of trustees, replacing the outgoing John Hardie. The RTS said it is also looking for a new president to replace former Endemol exec Sir Peter Bazalgette, who is stepping down after six years at the helm. Mockridge currently runs Liberty Global’s UK cabler Virgin […]