Debating the impact and the future of TV

Join us here on Saturday 8 September for LIVE streaming of the national one-day conference on the future of TV and its impact over the last fifty years, hosted by University College Cork School of History in partnership with RTÉ TV50

08.30 - 09.15


09.30 - 09.40

Dr Finola Doyle-O'Neill (Lecturer, Irish Film & Media History, UCC) opens the conference and introduces Trevor Holmes (Vice-President for External Relations, UCC)

Trevor Holmes welcomes Minister Rabbitte

09.40 - 10.00

Pat Rabbitte TD, Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources

10.00 - 10.25

Dr Doyle-O'Neill introduces Keynote Speaker Noel Curran

Keynote Speaker: Noel Curran (Director General, RTÉ)

10.25 - 11.15

Dr Doyle-O'Neill introduces Plenary Speaker John Bowman, author of Window and Mirror, RTÉ television: 1961-2011

Plenary Speaker: John Bowman

11.15 - 11.45

Coffee and book signing by John Bowman

Audience coffee: Staff Common Room

Book signing: vestibule outside Staff Common Room

11.45 - 13.15

Dr Doyle-O'Neill introduces Panel Session 1

'The future of broadcast journalism A blend of citizen voices with traditional reporting?'

Michael Lally, Promh Eagarthir Nuacht, RTÉ & TG4
David McCullagh, Political Correspondent, RTÉ
Alison O'Connor, broadcaster and journalist
Kevin Rafter, Senior Lecturer in Political Communications at Dublin City University

Chair: ine Lawlor, radio and television broadcaster, RTÉ

13.15 - 14.15


14.15 - 15.45

Dr Doyle-O'Neill introduces Panel Session 2

'Culture or kitsch? The cultural role of television'

Steve Carson, Director of Programmes, RTÉ Television
Moya Doherty, Producer and Director, River Productions
Ben Frow, Director of Programmes, TV3
Gearid Tuathaigh, historian. Chair, Audience Council RTÉ

Chair: Doireann N Bhriain, radio producer and presenter

15.45 - 16.15


Audience coffee: Staff Common Room

16.15 - 17.45

Dr Doyle-O'Neill introduces Panel Session 3

'The future of public service and commercial television: digital highway or car-crash TV?'

Glen Killane, Managing Director, RTÉ Television
Niall Kitson, Editor, TechCentral.ie
Hugh Linehan, Online Editor, The Irish Times
David McRedmond, CEO TV3

Chair: Brenda Power, radio and television broadcaster

17.45 - 18.00

Conference conclusion: Dr Doyle-O'Neill