A warm welcome to the 9th annual Belfast Media Festival!
We’re delighted to welcome our keynote speakers: Kelly Webb-Lamb, Deputy Director of Programmes, Channel 4 and Bill Malone, Director of Programmes, Virgin Media. BBC Director General, Tony Hall and Hat Trick Co-Founder, Jimmy Mulville will also be joining us, alongside a whole host of commissioners. We’ll also be presenting the 4th Annual RTS NI Awards.
Click here to register for Belfast Media Festival 2018.
BBC Academy’s Digital Cities Belfast Week (#DigiBelfast) returns from Tuesday 6 November until Friday 16 November with a series of free events and workshops aimed at finding new talent, developing skills and bringing the creative sector together.
Highlights include a BBC Digital Skills Day focusing on developing short-form and on-demand content skills, the Game of Thrones Art Department team giving young people an insight into production design, events devilling through our rich archive of content and history and of course, the Belfast Media Festival. A Digital Cities Londonderry Day will also explore the opportunities around virtual and augmented reality technology.
The BBC Academy, supported by BBC Northern Ireland, has teamed up 16 different partners from across the creative and educational sector in Northern Ireland to create 10 days of exciting workshops, masterclasses and conference-style events open to anyone working or hoping to work within the creative industries.
Click here for information on how to apply for tickets for BBC Academy’s Digital Cities Belfast Week.
William Crawley is a BBC journalist and broadcaster who presents programmes covering everything from news, current affairs and hard-hitting debate to entertainment, arts, religion and ethics. William’s television work includes Blueprint, a three-part multi-platform series which told the story of 600 million years of Ireland’s natural history, the documentary Frozen North, which explored the likely future impact of climate change, and a trilogy of semi-autobiographical films examining three Northern Ireland taboos: death (Sorry For Your Trouble), religion (Losing Our Religion) and alcohol (Dying For A Drink). His television interview series William Crawley Meets featured leading thinkers and activists across the world, including the evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, the philosopher Peter Singer and the gay bishop Gene Robinson. His roundtable TV dinner and discussion series What’s Wrong With ? pitched distinguished guests in debate about some of the biggest questions facing today’s world.
Sunday Sequence, which he has presented for BBC Radio Ulster each week since 2002, has won the UK religion and ethics programme of the year award and other specialist religion reporting awards. For that programme, William has interviewed the Irish President at her state residence, presented special editions of the programme from Ground Zero in New York City and Robben Island in Cape Town, and cross-examined some of the world’s leading thinkers on subjects as varied as the politics of dealing with the past and the ethics of the human genome project This year, William joined the presenting team for BBC Radio 4’s Sunday programme, and acts as a consultant associate producer for BBC One’s Sunday Morning Live. His broadcasting diary, Will & Testament, is one of the most popular BBC blogs (bbc.co.uk/blogs/ni). William regularly interviews major cultural figures as part of his Out to Lunch with William Crawley series and other events: these one-hour interviews before a live audience include the poets Seamus Heaney and Michael Longley, the politicians Ian Paisley and Martin McGuiness, former hostage and writer Brian Keenan, the musicians Phil Coulter and Brian Kennedy, the historian Roy Foster, the novelist Edna O’Brian, the political activist Noam Chomsky, and the Economics Nobel prize-winner Amartya Sen.More ›