Hear from the BBC, Hashtag United, Aurora Media Worldwide and Base Media Cloud at Broadcast Sport’s third breakfast club


Time is running out to register for the third free-to-attend Broadcast Sport Virtual Breakfast Club, on Wednesday this week (24 March, 10am- 12:30pm).

BBC Sport, Aurora Media Worldwide, Base Media Cloud and Hashtag United (whose Breaking the Net YouTube documentary is pictured above) are all taking part in sessions at the event, which will be held on the virtual conferencing platform, Hopin.


The three sessions at the March Virtual Breakfast Club are as follows:

Session 1: BBC International Women’s Day panel


Steph Harries, Controller of production, BBC Sport

Gabrielle Cook, Creative Director, BBC Sport

To mark International Women’s Day earlier this month, two female execs from the BBC Sport team talk about their career to date, and the efforts being made by the BBC to encourage females to reach high-level positions at the broadcaster. Harries and Cook talk about what it’s like to be a female exec at BBC Sport, how they got into the sports broadcast industry and obstacles they may have faced along the way. They also offer advice to young women looking to follow suit into the world of sports production and broadcast.

Session 2: Building a Modern Sports Media Business


Michael Clayton, Head of Sports Media Cloud, BASE Media Cloud

David Candler, Senior Director Customer Solutions, Veritone

Barry Flanigan, Chief Strategy Officer, Aurora Media Worldwide

Discover how award-winning, fast-scaling sports content agency Aurora Media Worldwide has revolutionised content acquisition, production, live and post-produced sports broadcasting for its enviable list of top sports clients around the world. Hear how they have worked alongside the likes of BASE Media Cloud and Veritone to employ a ‘cloud-first’ strategy to content storage, management and distribution to enable business growth, content monetisation and seamless remote working.

Session 3: Hashtag United Breaking the Net


Neil Smythe, director of media/operations, Hashtag United

Danny Sayers, producer/director, Hashtag United

Chair: Jake Bickerton, editor, Broadcast Sport

Hashtag United FC was formed five years ago by YouTube influencer Spencer Owen (aka Spencer FC). The team films and uploads its matches and related content to YouTube and has built up a huge social media following – it now has 472,000 insta followers and 537,000 YouTube subscribers. The club recently released a four-part episodic documentary series on YouTube, called Breaking the Net (pictured above), which charts the trials and tribulations of lockdown and the club’s remarkable achievements during its first FA Cup. The film’s producer/director and the club’s director of media/operations join Broadcast Sport editor Jake Bickerton to explain how the film was made during lockdown, how it was funded and what the club hopes to achieve with the release of the documentary.

To book your place at the Virtual Breakfast Club, head over to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/broadcast-sport-breakfast-club-24th-march-2021-registration-143803248387?aff=erelexpmlt

To watch the two sessions from the first two Broadcast Sport Virtual Breakfast Clubs – with Facebook, the FA, Eurosport and Eleven Sports – visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAVVAvRY0ChE3HpAge_ZCIw