Hot off the press! Rob Beckett announced as Battle of the Broadcasters 2014 host!

We can now reveal that one of the most up and coming comedy talents on TV will be hosting this event! Rob Beckett – host of ITV2’s I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! NOW! and every comedy panel show worth its salt will be presiding over all the fun of this unmissable evening of TV-based trivia.

Is your TV knowledge unrivalled? Can you tell your Strictly Come Dancing from your Come Dine With Me? Do you know more about the TV landscape than TV’s top commissioners and executives?  Now’s the chance to prove it …


Back by popular demand, this spectacular event sees representatives from each of the nation’s biggest broadcasters go head-to-head in a clash of televisual trivia as they take on pub-quiz style questions across a series of rounds.


Last time Channel 4 took the crown in a fiercely fought contest. This year the competition will be even more fierce.  BBC, BSkyB, Channel 4, ITV, MTV, UKTV and Discovery – are all setting out to take the title for the honour of their broadcaster, and prove that when it comes to knowing the medium, no-one knows it better than they do.


But TV’s big cheeses won’t be alone… helping them will be YOU, the RTS Futures members.


Ticket-holders will each be given the chance to join one of the broadcasters’ tables and play on their team for the entire evening, wowing them with their extraordinary recollection of TV tidbits. The RTS Futures members on the winning table will win a prize that would turn even the most experienced telly-types green with envy – coffee with Zai Bennett, Controller of BBC Three. If ever there’s been a reason to watch more TV this is it!


In addition to the quiz this informal setting offers RTS Futures members the unique chance to talk to experts about their career conundrums; question execs about their own experiences of the industry; and to hear first-hand what being a head honcho at a broadcaster is actually about.


Battle of the Broadcasters is an unrivalled opportunity to get up close and personal with the people who keep the wheels of the TV industry turning in a fun and easy-going way.


Don’t miss out.


Broadcaster team members include:

BBC: Sean Hancock, Executive Producer, Entertainment,

Chris Sussman, Executive Editor, Comedy (London)

BSkyB: Phil Edgar-Jones, Head of Entertainment, Chris Wilson, Commissioning Editor, Factual

Jon Mountague, Commissioning Editor, Comedy

Channel 4: Jasmine Hayer, Talent Assistant, Sumrah Mohammed, Genre Assistant, Drama

Discovery: Sarah Thornton, Vice President, Production & Development, DNI Lifestyle,

Mark Procter TLC UK Executive Producers

ITV: Katy Thorogood, Commissioner for Factual & Daytime,

Simon Tomkins, Head of Programme Strategy

MTV: Steve Regan, Senior Editorial Director, Commissioning & Production,

Kerry Taylor, VP Programming and Vanessa Brookman, Director of Programming

National Geographic: Hannah Demidowicz, Head of Commissioning and Acquisitions,

Ed Sayer, Commissioning Editor

UKTV: Hilary Rosen, Entertainment Commissioning Editor, Tanya Qureshi, Commissioning Development, Sharfia Mansour, Commissioning Development



Monday 24 February 2014

6.30pm for a 6.45pm start

2nd Floor Bar, The London Television Centre, Upper Ground, London, SE1 9LT



How to Book

This event is open to all RTS Futures members or RTS Full Members but is designed for those with no more than two years’ television experience.  To book a place you (and any guest/s you book a place for) MUST be either a member of RTS Futures or an RTS Full Member.  The cost to RTS Futures members is £10.00.  Tickets for full members of the Royal Television Society are complimentary but MUST be booked in advance – please provide your membership number when booking.

If you are an existing member please call the Events Team on 020 7822 2820 with your Credit/Debit Card ready or email events@rts.org.uk providing your name, postal address, email address and phone number (we will then contact you to request credit card details), otherwise please register free as an RTS Futures member atwww.rtsfutures.org.uk or join the RTS as a Full Member (fees apply) at www.rts.org.uk/membership  before attempting to book.


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