Leeds hosts broadcast convention

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Countryfile’s Anita Rani and Leeds’ own Kay Mellor are among the big names who will attend a convention bringing faces from the big screen together to address issues and challenges facing those working in the media industry .

As previously reported in the YEP, the inaugural Creative Cities Convention, at Leeds College of Music on April 25-26, will be hosted by journalist and broadcaster Kirsty Wark.

BBC Director of Content Charlotte Moore and Channel 4 Chief Executive Alex Mahon will headline, the latter explaining her plan for moving hundreds of jobs out of London.

They will be joined by BBC Economics Editor Kamal Ahmed, ITV Chair Sir Peter Bazalgette, Director of Programmes for Channel 5 Ben Frow, Matthew Gould (Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport), screenwriters Lisa Holdsworth and Kay Mellor and Anita Rani. Former Coronation Street actress and MP Tracy Brabin will consider gender inequality, Ofcom Director of Standards and Audience Protection Vikki Cook will wrestle with regulating for social mobility, campaigner Ruth Ibegbuna will discuss opportunities for young people from working class backgrounds and there will be a debate on building global production in Britain’s big cities. Convention director Ruth Pitt said: “At a time when our industry is in the spotlight for its lack of diversity, regional imbalance and gender inequality, it is imperative we create a forum for these issues to be confronted. It’s clear from the fantastic line-up that there’s a genuine appetite for working out how we can be more inclusive and more representative.”