Major new media festival planned for Manchester

A new annual media festival will be held in Manchester for the first time this November, the Manchester Evening News reports. The Festival is being organised by Emap Communications, publishers of the television and radio industry news magazine Broadcast.

Peter Bazalgette, head of Big Brother maker Endemol, the media festival’s chairman, said: “The Media Festival brings together, for the first time; TV, film, music, gaming and social networking – in fact, everyone who is reconfiguring their business model for the digital age. It’s now widely accepted we can all learn from each other – the event promises to be hugely instructive.”

The festival advisory board includes some of the biggest names in media, including Danny Cohen, controller of BBC Three; Alex Connock, chief executive of Ten Alps; and Brian Greasley, managing director of Mediacity UK.

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