When the Minister for Culture, External Affairs and the Constitution issued the Government's first progress report to the Scottish Parliament in September 2009 he also announced the the Scottish Government would convene a broadcasting conference to discuss the way forward for broadcasting in Scotland - 'Where now for Scottish broadcasting'.
The event took place on 8 February 2010 at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and attracted approximately 160 delegates drawn from across the sector, such as independent producers, broadcasters, practitioners and academics. Speakers and panellists represented different aspects of broadcasting including; film, television, radio and games.
Fiona Hyslop, Minister for Culture and External Affairs, gave the opening address, outlining the Scottish Government's aims for broadcasting in Scotland. This was followed by the keynote speech, given by Blair Jenkins, Chair of the Scottish Broadcasting Commission, providing his view on the state of broadcasting since the Commission brought down its' report. Neil Blain of Stirling University gave the formal reply.
Other issues covered television production levels for drama and the impact of technological convergence on broadcasting. Copies of two of the presentations are available below:
· Stuart Cosgrove, Head of Nations and Regions at Channel 4, on the final report and strategy of the Digital Media Industry Group, which he chaired.
· Bobby Hain, Head of Broadcasting and Regulatory at STV, on STV's digital plans for television.