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Event report: RTS Futures summer party - Is TV out of touch?

17th July 2015, 16:44

Watch exclusive interviews from the event here.

BBC Three controller Damian Kavanagh fielded harsh criticism from audience and panel alike at the RTS Futures Summer Party.

"Is TV out of touch?" asked former CBBC presenter Kirsten O'Brien, who chaired the event, "is it relevant for 16 to 34 year olds?"

With the BBC's youth brand soon set to relinquish its linear channel, Kavanagh was told that young people were bearing the brunt of difficult BBC cuts.

RTS Futures Summer Party 2015

RTS Futures Summer Party

The annual summer party was a party like no other. The evening was kick started with a panel session, discussing whether TV is out of date. After a lively Q&A session, some of the biggest names in the television industry came to have a drink with our members on the (slightly windy) terrace of the Design Museum in London.

If you missed out on the event, or just want to relive it, this video has some of the highlights and exclusive interviews with the panelists.

RTS Futures Summer Party in association with GEITF Talent Schemes

This year RTS Futures are joining forces with the Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival Talent Schemes to host a celebration and party for you with some of the biggest names in the television industry.  

This is a party like no other – an opportunity you could only dream of – a chance to meet the people behind some of the most talked about shows on British television, as we open the evening with a special Q&A session ‘Is TV Out Of Touch?

Speakers include:

HostKirsten O’Brien – Presenter

EVENT REPORT: How to be the best... researcher

9th June 2015, 17:15

“Full House” signs were posted outside the latest RTS Futures event, which looked at the key role of the researcher in making good telly.

A panel of three researchers and two bosses discussed what it takes to be an ace researcher – a talent that event chair Rick Edwards admitted he didn’t have.  The presenter of BBC3 topical debate show Free Speech once worked as a researcher. “I definitely wasn’t the best, which is why I ended up taking a different direction. In fact, I was rubbish,” he said 

How to be the best... Researcher

Discover what it takes to be the best researcher in the business from top bosses and star researchers and fast track your career

This exciting panel and Q&A session gives you the golden opportunity to identify the essential tools and skills to be an ace researcher. Our panel of experienced TV researchers and bosses from different genres will share the secrets of how to master the skills of great research that underpins all media content and will help you to get ahead in your career.

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