2018-02-14
Leading Minds of the TV Industry at #MCB18
Dr. Thomas Bellut spricht auf der MCB18

Dr. Thomas Bellut (Copyright ZDF / Markus Hintzen)

Public-law broadcasting is under fire: drastic cutbacks in Great Britain, the question of credibility in countries with limited freedom of press and increasing competition from digital platforms and apps... and Switzerland will even vote on the abolition of licence fees for radio and television and thus the future of its public-law broadcasting radio and TV stations on 4 March 2018.

Many questions, many answers - we are looking forward to MEDIA CONVENTION Berlin from 2 to 4 May 2018 where top-notch decision makers from the television industry such as ZDF director Thomas Bellut, ProSiebenSat1 deputy director Conrad Albert and Ladina Heimgartner, deputy director of Switzerland’s biggest media company SRG will guarantee a lively debate about television of the future.

“YouTube, Amazon, Netflix, Facebook and others – these international platforms are a challenge for politics, media and society. What role will public-law providers play in the digital future? I’m looking forward to exciting discussions at MEDIA CONVENTION 2018”, said ZDF director Dr. Thomas Bellut. He will address journalism in digital society and its relevance to democracy, and then discuss the question of whether or not we still need public-law broadcasting with the community.

SRG deputy director Heimgartner speaks about “Criticism and reforms abound: Public-law broadcasting must reinvent itself”, while ProSiebenSat1 deputy director Albert is in favor of  a share of the public-law licence fees for radio and television for the private broadcasters and thus for a change of system. Also in attendance: Inga Leschek, managing director at production company Norddeich TV (“Ninja Warrior Germany”) and Isabell Buchner, strategic consultant at ComingNext.TV with the topic "24/7 Entertainment on Apps and Social Media: The Future of the TV Show?" and the already successful third year of the MCB successful column "What's Up TV? Television from Abroad" with Marcel Amruschkewitz, Head of Creative Unit at VOX.