Nancy Dubuc, U.K. Culture Secretary Keynotes Added to Royal Television Society Cambridge Conference

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FremantleMedia CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz and Viacom International Media Networks CEO David Lynn will talk about opportunities for the U.K. production sector in a panel led by Endemol Shine CEO Sophie Turner Laing.

A keynote speech from A+E Networks boss Nancy Dubuc, a panel with FremantleMedia CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz and David Lynn, president and CEO, Viacom International Media Networks, and led by Endemol Shine CEO Sophie Turner Laing and a keynote by U.K. culture secretary Karen Bradley are the latest additions to next month's Royal Television Society Cambridge Convention.

The British organization previously unveiled that the biennial event, which takes place in Cambridge Sept. 13-15, would focus on the theme "A World of Opportunity."

It previously also announced a keynote from 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch and such speakers as 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.

Murdoch, White and now Bradley will all speak Thursday, Sept. 14. The culture secretary has been reviewing next steps in the U.K. regulatory review of Fox's planned acquisition of the 61 percent stake in European pay TV giant Sky that it doesn't own yet. She has said she was "minded" to call for a more in-depth, so-called phase 2, review of the deal on competition grounds. 

She is expected to make a final decision on such a referral to the Competition and Markets Authority either later this month or next month.

Dubuc, president and CEO of A&E Networks, will in her Wednesday keynote session "offer a global perspective on operating a media company in this fast-changing sector," the RTS said.

Also set for Wednesday is a session with BBC chairman David Clementi. This will be his first public speech since he was appointed in February.

On Thursday, the RTS convention promises topical debates on such topics as fake news, Internet propaganda and unmediated user generated content. Frot-Coutaz, Guthrie and Lynn will later in the day discuss where the greatest opportunities lie for the U.K. production industry.

Friday's schedule will start with a panel that will discuss the prospects for creating a more diverse workforce, followed by a session focused on "Talent – How to Find It, Nurture It, Pay for It and Keep It." That panel will include Susanna Dinnage, president and managing director, Discovery Networks UK and Ireland and Chief Content Officer, International; Mai Fyfield, chief strategy officer, Sky and BBC director general, Tony Hall.

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