Royal Television Society Takes 2020 Conference Online


The Royal Television Society (RTS), in partnership with YouTube, is set to stream a number of key sessions for free online instead of holding the London Conference 2020 as planned.

The sessions will reflect industry issues and touch on broader challenges in society and how we are addressing or coming to terms with them. The virtual sessions will take place around the original September 15 date. They will be streamed live and will also be available on the RTS website to watch at a later date.

YouTube will be the Principal Sponsor for the RTS Cambridge 2021 Convention due to take place from September 15 to 17 next year. Ben McOwen Wilson, regional director for YouTube EMEA and managing director, will assume the position of convention chair.

Theresa Wise, CEO of the Royal Television Society said: “Whilst we adapt to the current challenges we are all facing, we are very grateful to YouTube who will help us jointly host informative, sessions—both industry-related and broader ‘brain food’ for the global community who would usually be with us in London. They can now join us virtually in September. We are also very pleased to continue to work with Ben in the lead up to Cambridge 2021, which is sure to be an important event at a critical time for our industries.”

Ben McOwen Wilson, managing director for YouTube UK, said: “We are proud to support The Royal Television Society and excited to bring the RTS Conference to life on YouTube. The annual RTS events are the most thought-provoking and prestigious industry events of the year; we are delighted to support an online event in September, and look forward to hosting leaders from across the U.K. and global television landscape—in person—in Cambridge in 2021.”