James Murdoch to Give Royal Television Society Cambridge Conference Keynote

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James Murdoch

Andy Harries, CEO of 'The Crown' producer Left Bank Pictures, in which Sony Pictures Television owns a majority stake, and 'The Grand Tour' executive producer Andy Wilman are also among the speakers.

Britain's Royal Television Society said Wednesday that 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch will be among the keynote speakers at the RTS Cambridge Convention in September.

Other speakers will include Andy Harries, CEO of The Crown and Outlander producer Left Bank Pictures, in which Sony Pictures Television owns a majority stake, The Grand Tour executive producer Andy Wilman, Sharon White, CEO of U.K. media regulator Ofcom, and Michelle Guthrie, managing director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

The biennial event, which takes place in Cambridge from Sept. 13-15, will focus on the theme "A World of Opportunity."

The impact of Brexit is expected to among the topics of debate. "In a year, in which the U.K. will start to forge its own new wider relationships, the convention will explore how the television industry can make the most of this and other opportunities at home and abroad, in particular creating great content, growing the right skills and fielding the right people for the job," organizers said.

U.K. regulators are currently reviewing Fox's proposed deal to take full ownership of European pay TV giant Sky, in which it already owns a 39 percent stake.

“James Murdoch’s knowledge of the international broadcasting industry is second to none, having worked across Asia, Europe and North America," said Royal Television Society CEO Theresa Wise. "He also leads one of the leading creative, commercial and consumer powerhouses. His keynote will offer a unique insight from a company that has played a big part in shaping the media landscape of today and who are known to challenge convention."

Sky is the principal sponsor for the event, with Sky COO Andrew Griffith and Sky managing director of content Gary Davey serving as its co-chairs.  

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