'A great coup': James Harding to speak at Journalists' Charity annual lunch

James Harding is to deliver one of his first public speeches since leaving The Times at the Journalists’ Charity’s annual lunch this summer.

Harding left the paper in December, saying it had been made clear to him that “News Corporation would like to appoint a new editor”.

In March, The Times won the 2012 newspaper of the year award at the Press Awards.

Acting editor John Witherow said on the night: “I'd particularly like to thank James Harding, the former editor… He should be accepting this award."

Harding, who was at The Times for five years, will take over as head of news for the BBC in August.

Journalists’ Charity chairman Laurie Upshon described the Harding’s appearance at the lunch as "a great coup”.

He said: “James must surely be the media industry’s man of the moment, taking charge of BBC News at one of its greatest periods of change.

“He also led The Times through on of the most tumultuous times in newspaper history.”

The lunch is taking place on Tuesday 2 July at IET London, 2 Savoy Place WC2R OBL. Tickets, which include lunch and wine, cost £49 each.

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