News

Lionel Barber to Receive Prestigious Accolade from The Media Society 

The Editor of the Financial Times will be honoured in a star-studded ceremony next February, as part of a special programme of events celebrating The Media Society's 45th anniversary

Lionel Barber, the Editor of the Financial Times, is to receive The Media Society Annual Award for his outstanding contribution to financial journalism at The Millennium Hotel, Mayfair on February 28, 2018, in front of a host of recognised media personalities, political figures and special guests.

Barber will join the likes of Sir David Attenborough, David Dimbleby, Dame Ann Leslie, Sir David Frost, Dame Jenni Murray, Sir Michael Parkinson, Jeremy Paxman, Clare Balding & founding member Sir Harold Evans as winners of the prestigious accolade, which will be presented as part of a special programme of events celebrating the organisation’s 45th anniversary next year.

The award was launched by the late Russell Twisk – the editor of The Listener – who presented it to its first recipient Alistair Cooke in 1990.

A Decorated Career

Barber has enjoyed a decorated career in journalist, being appointed as Editor of the Financial Times in 2005 after 20 years at the company, following roles at The Scotsman, The Washington Post & The Sunday Times.

A graduate of Oxford University, he was named Young Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards 1981, at just 26 years of age. As Editor of The Financial Times, he has interviewed several of the world’s leading personalities in business and politics, including Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Angela Merkel & Hassan Rouhani.

During his time as the news organisation’s European Editor, he was asked to brief US President George W Bush ahead of his first visit to Europe. In 2016, the journalist received France’s highest military and civil award – a Chevalier in the 2016 Légion d’Honneur – for his “contribution to high quality journalism”.

You can now book tickets here.

Featured Image: Wikimedia
Become a member

JOIN THE MEDIA SOCIETY FOR £5/month