#DWord3, Monday 8th of October 2018
BCOMS welcome from host: Benny Bonsu, IMG and NBA TV
BT Sport Welcome
Simon Green, BT Sport CEO
The importance of diversity
Matthew Ryder, Deputy London Mayor, Social Integration, Social Mobility, Community Engagement
The perspective of young people from Hackney, London
WHAT’S THE SCORE?
Presentation by BCOMS’ founder Leon Mann and academic Dr. Jacco Van Sterkenberg, Erasmus University Rotterdam
LEADING ON DIVERSITY
Bosses from the sports media underline their commitment to a more diverse industry and explore where and how progress can be made.
Panel: Simon Green, Head of BT Sport, Anna Ward, IMG Head of Production, Shaun Custis, Head of Sport at The Sun Newspaper, Stephen Lyle, Head of Sport at Channel 4, and Steve Smith, Director of Content, Productions and Operations at Sky Sports.
The sports media has a problem and knows it. The industry is struggling with a lack of diversity – so let’s not waste any more time debating the issue. What are the solutions and how will we move this forward?
Host: Anne-Marie Batson, The Voice Newspaper and BBC 5 Live Sports Extra
Panel: Ebony Amoroso, Endeavor, Jon Holmes, Sky Sports and Sports Media LGBT+, Louise Sutton, BBC Sport, and Sachin Nakrani, The Guardian
The sports media is vast and exists in every country in the world. Is it time those aspiring to work in the industry started thinking global?
Host: Piara Powar, FARE network
Panel: Carrie Brown, Bein Sports, Drew Christie, Crizzy Media, and Samantha Johnson, TRT World
Under representation in the traditional sports media is well documented – but what’s the situation in the digital world?
Host: Poet, Copa 90 presenter
Panel: Robbie Lyle, Arsenal Fan TV, Jerry Newman, Facebook, Felicia Pennant, Season-zine, and Joel Beya, Cheeky Sport.
A session where we pool together the best ideas generated across the day. We debate and discuss what actions can bring about a more diverse sports media and whether the will genuinely exists to make our ideas a reality?
Host: Samantha Johnson, TRT World
Panel: Ebony Rainford-Brent, BBC Radio TMS, Mark McAdam, Sky Sports News and Sports editor of Attitude, Jordan Jarrett Bryan, Channel 4 News, Reshmin Chowdhury, BT Sport and BBC Sport, Paddy Barclay, Chair of the Football Writers Association and Niall Sloane, Director, ITV Sport
Broadcaster and BCOMS board member, Marshall Norbal, closes the conference and shares what we will do to help diversify the sports media.
You won’t find many better free networking opportunities in this business. Whether you are a student looking for an entry level job or some advice, or a leading senior executive wanting to know more about the talent hoping to break into the industry – please do stay and make new contacts.