Who we are

Media lies at the heart of British life; whether through its historical embrace of the daily newspaper, the modulated tones of the BBC or its enthusiasm for voicing its opinion through Twitter, the rowdy, rambunctious, irreverent nature of British democracy is reflected in the country's love of news, views and comment.

The Media Society is a charity which exists to reflect that passion and exuberance through an exciting, diverse and engaging events programme encouraging anyone with an interest in media to get involved, listening to and questioning those at the heart of this enthralling industry.

Our membership includes journalists, broadcasters, PR folk and indeed anyone who has a connection with media. But just as media affects everyone, so our membership is open to all.

Our mission is straightforward; to surprise, provoke, inspire, educate and entertain.

So enjoy exploring our website, look at our events calendar and why not keep up-to-date by joining the Media Society?

After all, in media, it's now. Or never.

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Upcoming events

 

7&8 

DeC 

2020

British Broadcasting in Crisis -Steve Hewlett Scholarship Event

Two online events with star-studded casts to support the Steve Hewlett Scholarship for Media Students.

Participants include two former BBC Director Generals - Greg Dyke and Mark Thompson.
Plus Sir Peter Bazalgette, Executive Chairman ITV and Alex Mahon, CEO Channel Four.

 

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DeC 

2020

Conspiracy Theories - A threat to democracy?

Dangerous online conspiracy theories have led to mass shootings, anti-vaccination refusal protests, and death threats to politicians and celebrities around the Western World.

Our Chair for the evening

James Ball
Having worked for the Guardian and Buzz Feed, James is now, Global Editor, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism and a columnist for The New European.

Our expert Panel:

John Naughton - Observer columnist and academic

James O'Brien - LBC Talk Show presenter and writer

Marianna Spring - Specialist Disinformation and Social Media Reporter at BBC News

Bronte Lord - CNN producer (live from New York)

Please note:  ZOOM-log in at 5.45pm for 6.00pm start

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Nov 

2020

Out Foxing the BBC:  The future of broadcasting in Britain.

For some time now, the government has been threatening to ‘whack’ the BBC and bring Channel Four to heel.  Stories and rumours abound: Charles Moore or George Osborne to run the BBC, Paul Dacre to head up Ofcom, Andrew Neil to lead a Fox News -style comment channel. 
 
But does the BBC in fact need major reform? Does it too often show a metropolitan liberal bias? Are the critics right? Is Channel Four News too left-wing?  And in this multi-channel world should we still be required to pay a BBC licence fee? 

Our Chair for the evening

Anne McElvoy 
Senior Editor at The Economist and Head of Economist Radio.

Our expert Panel:

Greg Dyke
Greg was BBC Director-General 2000-2004 where he famously promised to ‘cut the crap’ and described the Corporation as ‘hideously white’. 

Patrick Barwise 
Co Author of the forthcoming book, 'The War Against the BBC’.

Philip Davies MP 
A member of the DCMS Select committee, Philip Davies is a sharp critic of the BBC, calling it out of touch and too worried about political correctness.

Frank Langfitt 
The London Correspondent of the US network National Public Radio. As someone with a foot in media on both sides of the Atlantic.

 

Please note: This is a free ZOOM Event. ZOOM-log in at 5.45pm for 6.00pm start

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SEPT 

2020

Live from Downing Street: The Battle for the News

This autumn will see a revolution in the way that Boris Johnson’s government handles its communications with the media and with the public. For the first time there will be regular Downing Street on the record on- camera briefings fronted by an official government spokesperson. What impact will the introduction of these White House style press conferences have on the way politics is reported in this country?

This latest move comes after the blacklisting of some tv and radio programmes for ministerial interviews and with journalists and photographers being denied access to ministerial visits.
Newsdesks are  instead sent official videos and photographs.

Is this all just the usual daily tussle over the news agenda or is something more fundamental going on?

Our Panel:
 Pippa Crerar - Daily Mirror Political Editor . chair of the Parliamentary Press Gallery and the journalist who broke the Dominic Cummings/Barnard Castle story.
 
Will Walden - respected Westminster journalist now Senior Counsel for strategic communications at global PR firm Edelman. Formerly Boris Johnson’s spokesman, press secretary and communications director, he remains a confidant of the PM.
 
Mark Mardell, has reported on high-level politics on both sides of the Atlantic.  Before returning to London to his current role as presenter of the World This Weekend he was BBC North America Editor, based in Washington, and before that Political Editor of Newsnight and BBC Chief Political Correspondent.  

In the chair: Phil Harding, former Editor of the BBC Today programme

Please note: This is a free ZOOM Event. ZOOM-log in at 5.45pm for 6.00pm start

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2020

Highlights of our Autumn/Winter Events Schedule 

Our events will be held over Zoom until further notice.  
We’re longing to go back to The Groucho and The University Women’s Club and see all of you - but not just yet.

Media Land After Covid
How To Stop Conspiracy Theories Running Riot
How to Save Journalism and Journalists
Extreme News Management from No.10 ?

Panelists and date to be announced.
Please note: This is a free ZOOM Event. ZOOM-log in at 5.45pm for 6.00pm start

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Covering Covid-19. The biggest story for 100 years.

Has the media's coverage served us well? How seriously did they take it during the early weeks?
Were they fast enough with the facts? Did the right people speak truth to power?
Were we given 'news we could use'?

Chair:
James Ball
Global Editor, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism and
a columnist for The New European.
The panel:
Louisa Compton
The head of news, current affairs, and sport for Channel 4.
John Burn-Murdoch
Senior data visualisation journalist at the Financial Times.
Tom Phillips
Editor of FullFact, the independent fact-checking charity.

Please note: This is a free ZOOM Event. ZOOM-log in at 5.45pm for 6.00pm start

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6

Arpil

2020

PLEASE NOTE
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

Westminster from the outside looking in: Press access under Boris Johnson's government

In common with all events involving people meeting together, this event has been postponed due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic.

We WILL be going ahead with it as soon as normal service is resumed - we hope at the end of the summer - possibly earlier. We shall keep ticket holders advised and update this site when we have more specific information. 

Please note: This event is postponed

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March

2020

Carrie Gracie In Conversation with Phil Harding

In Conversation with one of her former bosses, Phil Harding, Carrie talks about her time as China Editor, about her fight at the BBC and about what women, men and employers can do to achieve equality.

Please note: Starts at 7.00pm

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FEB

2020

The Art of the Television Reporter
A TRIBUTE TO RICHARD LINDLEY

Richard Lindley sadly died in November. He was an outstanding television reporter for ITN and BBC’s Panorama; a former President of the Media Society and a much loved media figure. Leading journalists will be paying tribute to Richard, looking back at his work and discussing the challenges facing television reporters today.
Among those taking part:-
Lindsey Hilsum, Channel 4 News International Editor; Michael Cockerell, leading BBC documentary maker; Richard Tait, former Editor Newsnight, Editor-in-Chief ITN and BBC Trustee; Anja Popp, Channel 4 News Reporter, Winner RTS 2019 Young Talent Award; 
Peter Taylor, award winning Panorama reporter; Roger Bolton, Presenter Radio 4's Feedback and Richard Lindley's Editor at Panorama and This Week.
Please note: Starts at 6.30 for 7.00pm.

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Remembering Harold Evans: 1928 - 2020

Harry Evans was the founding president of the Media Society and was honoured with its annual award in 2013 when many of the UK's key media players gathered to pay tribute to the legendary newspaper editor.

Monday 28 September 2020

 

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Lock down update 

We are developing a series of virtual events dealing with the unprecedented media issues we now face.

Monday 4 MAy 2020

Covering Covid-19. Register now.
Our first event is on Monday 18th May 2020 at 6.30pm.
There's never been a better time to join The Media Society.

Do that today and the rest of this year is free.
Why not join today?

Thank you for your ongoing support.

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Corona virus 19 notice

We are aware of the current risks the Corona virus presents so we are following Government guidance.

Monday 16 MARCH 2020

We are postponing our events until further notice.

We are planing some interim activity which we will deliver on-line.
Of course we will inform you when we resume out events as soon as practical.
Thank you for your ongoing support.

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Lionel Barber Media Society Honouree 2017:

A Tribute by Geraldine Sharpe-Newton - Former Media Society  President

Monday 20 January 2020

Lionel Barber always appeared to have stepped outside the traditional descriptions of a newspaper editor.  His calm, energetic enthusiasm, generated a very different style of leadership.

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