A group of major media players has been assembled to aid an investigation into Britain’s TV production industry.

Culture, media and sport secretary Tessa Jowell ordered the review – being conducted by the Independent Television Commission – in August, following complaints that independent producers were treated unfairly by broadcasters [WAMN: 22-Aug-02].

Assisting the ITC will be a five-strong panel chaired by Guardian Media Group ceo Bob Phillis. Other members are: Richard Eyre, former boss of commercial broadcaster ITV; Sir Howard Stringer, chairman/ceo of Sony Corporation of America; Bill Robinson, a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers; and Anne Bulford, the Royal Opera House’s director of finance and business affairs.

“Our panel has a wealth of expertise and experience from the international programme supply and commissioning market,” commented Phillis. “We look forward to the challenging task ahead of assisting the ITC.”

Data sourced from: MediaGuardian.co.uk; additional content by WARC staff