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Tony Hall to chair RTS 2015 convention

RTS convention 2015The Royal Television Society (RTS) has unveiled the line-up for its 2015 convention, with the title Happy Valley or House of Cards: Television 2020 – the Challenges for Content, Creativity and Business Models.

The event, which runs from September 16-18, will be sponsored by the BBC and chaired by BBC director-general Tony Hall.

The opening session, will be chaired by BBC director of strategy and digital James Purnell and panellists will include Emily Bell, Professor of Professional Practice and Director of Tow Center of Digital Journalism at Columbia University Journalism School; Susanna Dinnage, General Manager, Discovery Networks UK/Ireland; Stephen Lambert, Chief Executive, Studio Lambert and Stephen Nuttall, Senior Director, YouTube EMEA.

The event will also feature comments form the ast of Channel 4 reality series Gogglebox, which features members of the public sitting at home watching and commenting on TV shows.

Philippe Dauman, President and CEO of Viacom, will present a keynote.

Other speakers at the event will include culture secretary John Whittingdale, Channel 4 CEO David Abraham, Sony Pictures Television CCO Wayne Garvie, Endemol Shine Group president Tim Hincks, HBO programming president Michael Lombardo, AMC Networks presient and CEO Josh Sapan, Discovery president and CEO David Zaslav, Ofcom CEO Sharon White, Sky director of entertainment channels Stuart Murphy, ITV CEO Adam Crozier and Virgin Media CEO Tom Mockridge.