Outside the box 2019: 05 November 2019

Outside the box 2019 will look at some of the key questions facing our industry at a time of unprecedented change and uncertainty.


Broadcaster and journalist Cathy Newman will once again guide us through the morning's proceedings. We are pleased to confirm that this year's stellar line-up will include Channel 4 CEO Alex Mahon, industry veteran Greg Dyke, businesswoman and campaigner Gina Miller and multi award-winning writer, director & producer Armando Iannucci.


The event’s themes include the role of broadcast media in informing and influencing the political life of our nation; addressing the issue of social mobility in TV; and ahead of Ofcom’s Small Screen: Big Debate, we explore the globalisation of TV and its impact on the UK’s broadcasting sector. 


Picture of Cathy Newman speaking at last year's Outside the box

Programme 2019


08:15 - Registration and Breakfast

09:00 - Welcome and Introduction

Owen Jenkinson, Marketing Director, Freeview
and Cathy Newman, Broadcaster & Journalist

09:05 - Opening Keynote: Pioneering Collaboration

Greg Dyke, Media Executive, Broadcaster, Company Chairman,
in conversation with Cathy Newman, Broadcaster & Journalist

09:20 - When Worlds Collide

Ahead of Ofcom’s Small Screen: Big Debate, we look at the impact of the globalisation of TV on the UK’s broadcasting sector. What are the opportunities for UK broadcasters and content creators in a streaming age and what kind of policy environment do they need to take advantage of these? Is the role and value of public service broadcasters diminishing as TV becomes more global and consumers take control of their viewing?

Panel Discussion

  • Jonathan Thompson, Chief Executive Officer, Digital UK
  • Gareth Barr, Controller of Policy & Regulatory Strategy, ITV
  • Jane Turton, Chief Executive Officer, All3Media
  • Mike Darcey, Industry Adviser

Chaired by Chris Curtis, Editor-in-Chief, Broadcast

10:05 - Keynote Interview: Leading Change

Alex Mahon, Chief Executive Officer, Channel 4
in conversation with Kate Bulkley, Journalist & Media Commentator


10:30 - Coffee Break


11:00 - Healing the Nation

What role does television play in the political life of the nation? How does TV reflect and inform opinions? How do broadcasters maintain impartiality? And who or what drives the broadcast news cycle? As we move into a new phase for politics, is there a role for TV in helping to heal a deeply divided nation?

Panel Discussion

  • Gina Miller, Businesswoman & Campaigner
  • Cristina Nicolotti Squires, Director of Content, Sky News
  • Sir Robbie Gibb, Former Number 10 Communications Director
  • James Graham, Playwright & Screenplay Writer

Chaired by Anushka Asthana, Associate Editor, The Guardian

12:00 - Class Action

In this session we take a look at the causes of television’s class ceiling and the practical steps being taken to remove barriers and promote social inclusion. What are some of our sector’s leading organisations doing to create a more diverse workforce and how do we come together as an industry for a more joined-up, collective approach?

Panel Discussion

  • Dr Sam Friedman, Associate Professor of Sociology, LSE
  • Heather Jones, General Manager UK & Senior VP, Content & Creative, A+E Networks UK
  • Bella Lambourne, HR & Operations Director, Endemol Shine UK
  • Joanna Abeyie, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Blue Moon

Chaired by Tina Daheley, Broadcaster & Presenter

13:00 - Closing Keynote: Laughing at Power

Armando Iannucci, Writer, Director & Producer,
in conversation with Cathy Newman, Broadcaster & Journalist

13:25 - Closing Remarks

Cathy Newman, Broadcaster & Journalist


1:30 - Event Ends


Picture of Jonathan Thompson, CEO, Digital UK speaking at last year's Outside the box

Programme 2019


08:15 - Registration and Breakfast

09:00 - Welcome and Introduction

Owen Jenkinson, Marketing Director, Freeview and Cathy Newman, Broadcaster & Journalist

09:05 - Opening Keynote: Pioneering Collaboration

Greg Dyke, Media Executive, Broadcaster, Company Chairman, in conversation with Cathy Newman, Broadcaster & Journalist

09:20 - When Worlds Collide

Ahead of Ofcom’s Small Screen: Big Debate, we look at the impact of the globalisation of TV on the UK’s broadcasting sector. What are the opportunities for UK broadcasters and content creators in a streaming age and what kind of policy environment do they need to take advantage of these? Is the role and value of PSB diminishing as TV becomes more global and consumers take control of their viewing?

Panel Discussion

  • Jonathan Thompson, Chief Executive, Digial UK
  • Gareth Barr, Controller of Policy & Regulatory Strategy, ITV
  • Jane Turton, Chief Executive, All3Media
  • Mike Darcey, Independent Commentator

Chaired by Chris Curtis, Editor-in-Chief, Broadcast

10:05 - Keynote Interview: Leading Change

Alex Mahon, Chief Eceutive Officer, Channel 4 in conversation with Kate Bulkley, Journalist & Media Commentator


10:30 - Coffee Break


11:00 - Healing the Nation

What role does television play in the political life of the nation? How does TV reflect and inform opinions? How do broadcasters maintain impartiality? And who or what drives the broadcast news cycle? As we move into a new phase for politics, is there a role for TV in helping to heal a deeply divided nation?

Panel Discussion

  • Gina Miller, Businesswoman & Campaigner
  • Cristina Nicolotti Squires, Director of Content, Sky News
  • Sir Robbie Gibb, Former Number 10 Communications Director
  • James Graham, Playwright & Screenplay Writer

Chaired by Anushka Asthana, Associate Editor, The Guardian

12:00 - Class Action

In this session we take a look at the causes of television’s class ceiling and the practical steps being taken to remove barriers and promote social inclusion. What are some of our sector’s leading organisations doing to create a more diverse workforce and how do we come together as an industry for a more joined-up, collective approach?

Panel Discussion

  • Dr Sam Friedman, Associate Professor of Sociology, LSE
  • Heather Jones, General Manager UK & Senior VP, Content & Creative, A+E Networks UK
  • Bella Lambourne, HR & Operations Director, Endemol Shine UK
  • Joanna Abeyie, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Blue Moon

Chaired by Tina Daheley, Broadaster & Presenter

13:00 - Closing Keynote - Laughing at Power

Armando Iannucci, Writer, Director & Producer, in conversation with Cathy Newman, Broadcaster & Journalist

13:25 - Closing Remarks

Cathy Newman, Broadcaster & Journalist


13:30 - Event Ends


Picture of Jonathan Thompson, CEO, Digital UK speaking at last year's Outside the box

About Freeview and Digital UK


Freeview and Digital UK work together to ensure that every viewer in the UK can access a competitive and compelling free TV offer.

As the world of television continues to evolve, Freeview is changing too. Freeview Play TVs offer seamless access to both live programmes and over 20,000 hours of on-demand content all from the same screen, while a new mobile app means viewers can browse and watch great television wherever they are.

Right now, Freeview is the only major TV platform in the UK that is growing its user base. Offering viewers a compelling foundational TV service on to which SVOD services can be added, the platform plays a critical role in delivering consumer choice and supporting the UK’s broadcasters by driving share and prominence.




Tuesday 5 November
8:15 am - 1:30 pm

Picturehouse Central
Piccadilly Circus
London W1D 7DH

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