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The Great Debate: How can ‘old’ media survive?


Co-Chaired by Channel 4 News' Jon Snow and CNN's Becky Anderson, the 2008 London Media Summit will explore the effects of emerging distribution channels on traditional media. With keynote speeches from: Bill Roedy, Chairman and CEO, MTV Networks International, Alan Rusbridger, Editor, The Guardian and Mark Thompson, Director-General, BBC and Stewart Till, Chairman, UK Film Council, this year’s Summit will offer the freshest opinions from the industry’s most senior practitioners.

Entitled, “The Great Debate: How can ‘old’ media survive?” the theme will encourage a lively and engaging debate focusing on the future of four traditional media platforms:

  • Music
  • Print
  • Film
  • Television

Keynotes and panellists will address the significance of ‘old’ media in politics, society and democracy and explore the impact of change on an industry that educates, informs and entertains people around the world. Speakers will also offer a business roadmap outlining how traditional media companies can best react to change.

With an array of high-profile media leaders taking part, “The Great Debate: how can ‘old’ media survive” will consist of compelling keynote speeches, authoritative panel discussions and excellent networking opportunities on the campus of Europe’s leading business school. We hope you will join us to discuss and debate the exciting and important issues surrounding change in the Media Industry.

Organised by London Business School’s student-run Media Club and in its sixth year, the London Media Summit is an established, not-for-profit event for the media community.

Highlights of the 2008 Summit:



Event Speaker(s)
8.30am 9.00am Registration  
9.00am 9.10am Opening Note Nick Sallon, Co-President,
London Business School
Media Club
9.10am 9.20am Welcome from the Chair Jon Snow, Anchor, Channel 4
9.20am 10.00am Keynote 1 Bill Roedy,Chairman and CEO, MTV Networks International
10.00am 11.00am Panel 1 - Music
How can labels survive?
Jon Snow, Channel 4
Charles McIntyre, IBIS Capital
Danny Rimer, Index Ventures
Will Page, MCPS PRS Alliance
Nick Raphael, Epic Records
11.00am 11.20am Coffee Break  
11.20am 11.50pm Keynote 2 Alan Rusbridger, Editor, The Guardian
11.50pm 1.00pm Panel 2 - Print
How can newspapers survive?
Jon Snow, Channel 4
Stephen Grabiner, Apax Partners
Tom Bureau, Magicalia
Helen Alexander, Bain Capital
Alan Rusbridger,The Guardian
1.00 pm 2.00pm


2.00pm 2.30pm Keynote 3 Stewart Till, Chairman, UK Film Council
2.30pm 3.40pm Panel 3 - Film
How can studios survive?
Becky Anderson, CNN
Simon Calver, LOVEFiLM
Stewart Till, UK Film Council
Allon Reich, DNA Films
David Garrett, Summit International
Ben Keen, Screen Digest
3.40pm 4.00pm Coffee Break  
4.00pm 4.40pm Keynote 4 Mark Thompson, Director General, BBC
4.40pm 5.50pm Panel 4 - TV
How can broadcasters survive?
Becky Anderson, CNN
Keval Desai, Google
Peter Bazalgette, Endemol
Paddy Barwise, London Business School
Claire Enders, Enders Analysis
Carolyn Fairbairn, ITV
5.50pm 6.00pm Closing Note Robin Carswell, Chair, London Media Summit Organizing Committee 2008
6.00pm 7.30pm Drinks reception  


The London Media Summit 2008 featured top speakers from a broad range of media businesses, as well as from many of the companies which advise and partner with them. Our 2008 speakers included:

Helen Alexander | Bain Capital

Becky Anderson | CNN

Patrick Barwise | London Business School

Peter Bazalgette | Endemol

Tom Bureau| Magicalia

Simon Calver| LOVEFiLM

Keval Desai | Google

Claire Enders | Enders Analysis

Carolyn Fairbairn | ITV

David Garrett | Summit International

Stephen Grabiner | Apax Partners

Ben Keen | Screen Digest

Charles McIntyre | IBIS Capital

Will Page | MCPS PRS Alliance

Nick Raphael | Epic Records

Allon Reich | DNA Films

Danny Rimer | Index Ventures

Bill Roedy | MTV Networks International

Alan Rusbridger | The Guardian

Jon Snow | Channel 4

Mark Thompson | BBC

Stewart Till | UK Film Council