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Banff 2011 to debate on future of TV in digital age

MUMBAI: The Banff World Media Festival, which takes place in Canada next month, has announced that this year‘s Festival will feature a hard-hitting panel discussion on the future of television in a time of unprecedented change in the way audiences interact with and consume media.
 
With participants representing leading voices in broadcasting, telecommunications, media production and digital video technology and services, the panel will discuss what role traditional television infrastructure and new digital technologies will play in the living room of the future, as well as what is at stake for the Canadian and international media ecosystem in these changes.


The panel will be moderated by Banff World Media Festival Foundation chair Michael Hennessey who is also Telus senior VP regulatory and government affairs.
 
Participants will include Rogers Communications VP, GM, Television David Purdy; Google TV global head of content Donagh O’Malley; Corus Entertainment executive VP, General Counsel Gary Maavara; Boxee co-founder and CEO Avner Ronen; Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) president and CEO Norm Bolen.
Executive Director of the Festival Ferne Cohen said, "For over 30 years, Banff has remained committed to exploring the high-impact, high-stakes issues shaping the media landscape. Interest in the evolution of over-the-top video services is definitely top-of-mind for many in the industry right now. As debates around the future of TV and digital video make front-page headlines around the world, we are certain that our delegates will be eager to hear this panel of industry leaders cut through the spin and have a frank conversation about these complex issues."

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