RTS Legends Lunch: In Conversation with Cilla Black OBE

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This year's Christmas Lunch will see Cilla Black receive the first ever RTS Legends Award.

Book your tickets for this special event online now. 

Our Christmas Lunch this year will be held at the House of Lords in the attractive Cholmondeley Room and the terrace overlooking the Thames on Friday 5 December.

Our guest will be Cilla Black, who will be receiving the first ever RTS Legends Award.  She will be talking about her fifty years in the television business, at first with the BBC and then for many successful years with ITV, where she became one of the most popular and, reputedly, the most highly paid entertainer on British television.  

Booking Instructions: 

You can now book online for RTS events, however should you wish to pay by cheque for this event please return a copy of this notice, including your name address and any guest details along with your cheque to: Jo Mitchell, Events Manager, Royal Television Society, 3 Dorset Rise, London EC4Y 8EN.

PLEASE NOTE: After this event, all future RTS Legends Lunches will operate using the online booking system and cheques will no longer be accepted.

Venue details
Venue location: 
Cholmondeley Room, House of Lords
Houses of Parliament Parliament Square
London SW1
United Kingdom

RTS APPG Event - TV Diversity: Who Will Win Your Vote?

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All three main Westminster Parties say they want a more inclusive and diverse workforce but how do they propose to achieve it?

If you want more diversity in television who should you vote for on the next General Election on Thursday 7 May 2015?

Overall women make up only 36% of the creative industries workforce, BAME (Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic) make up only 5.4% - despite being 12.5% of the population. And only 1% of the creative workforce is disabled.

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All three main Westminster Parties say they want a more inclusive and diverse workforce but how do they propose to achieve it?

Booking Instructions: 

6.30pm for a 6.45pm start


Committee Room 12

House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

Book now.

Tickets are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

If you have any queries, contact Jamie O'Neill at JO'Neill@rts.org.uk

Venue details
Venue location: 
Committee Room 12
House of Commons
London SW1A 0AA
United Kingdom

Save the date: RTS Cambridge Convention 2015

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The Royal Television Society Cambridge Convention is to be held on 16-18 September 2015 and will be chaired by Tony Hall, Director-General of the BBC.

The Royal Television Society Cambridge Convention is to be held on 16-18 September 2015.

We are pleased to announce that Tony Hall, Director-General of the BBC, will be chairing the event.


Our Friend in the North

15 Oct 2014
During the referendum, STV’s digital partnerships benefited each platform – and Scotland.

There are a few moments in a broadcaster's history that remind us of our role and responsibility to our audiences. For STV, 18 September, the day of the Scottish referendum, was one of these rare occasions.

Around 150 staff joined forces to cover the event, from reporters and producers to camera operators and technicians, who all worked alongside our online team.

It was our most ambitious live production ever as we broadcast live from 40 locations across Scotland.

The aim was to represent the "voices of Scotland" and deliver a strong, impartial platform.

Stewart Purvis's TV diary

14 Oct 2014
Stewart Purvis gets a lucky break while researching a biography of Guy Burgess – and heads north of the border to celebrate the success of the RTS London conference

It is probably known as the one-day conference in London in the year when there isn’t an RTS Cambridge Convention – not the most exciting of billings. Those who found their way both in and out of the Barbican Conference Centre at past events will remember freshly jet-lagged American executives and Jeremy Hunt talking about nothing other than local TV. So it was a brave and welcome decision by RTS CEO Theresa Wise and this year’s conference chair, Rob Woodward, Chief Executive of STV, to make the 2014 event bigger, brighter and busier but still last just one day.

Accelerator to the Floor

14 Oct 2014
Some television companies are still in denial about the tech tsunami washing over all areas of TV

Delegates try out Ultra-HD tech
Delegates try out Ultra-HD tech. (Cred: IBC)
IBC attendees experienced a palpable sense of accelerating change at the Amsterdam television technology show. But the transition to a production and distribution environment supported by commodity IT hardware is not happening nearly fast enough for many of the high-profile speakers at the week-long conference and exhibition.

How to make it in drama

15 Oct 2014
Three pros share their experience of establishing successful creative careers.

There's more than one way to succeed in TV, as the latest RTS Futures event amply demonstrated. The three panellists assembled to discuss their careers at "I Made It In... Drama" had taken far-from-conventional paths into television, but all are now at the top of their professions.

Guardian TV critic Julia Raeside asked the questions in front of an audience keen to find out more about working in British television drama.

Ken Burns's Roosevelt Epic

15 Oct 2014
As Ken Burns’s magisterial The Roosevelts hits British screens, he discusses how he composes his epic documentaries

In a TV landscape characterised by audiences demanding instant gratification and producers claiming that the commissioning process is killing creativity, Ken Burns stands out as a total anomaly.

Widely seen as one of the most influential documentary makers of all time – his landmark film, The Civil War, was watched by upwards of 40 million viewers in the US – Burns is in the fortunate and enviable position of being able to call all the shots on all the films that have his name on the credits.

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