Hunt and Grieve to speak at Editors' conference

New PCC Chairman Lord Hunt and Attorney General Dominic Grieve will speak at the Society of Editors’ Magna Carta II conference on 14 November.

Lord Hunt replaced Baroness Buscombe last month as chairman of the PCC. He will speak during the all-day debate on media regulation on Monday 14 November.

Grieve will speak at the black tie annual gala dinner on the evening of 14 November.

The conference will open on Sunday evening, 13 November, with the Society of Editors’ annual lecture delivered by the chairman of the BBC Trust, Lord Patten.

Monday will take the form of an all-day rolling debate facilitated by Steve Hewlett of BBC Radio Four’s Media Show, focusing on the future of self regulation and the relationship between the press, politicians, the police and the public.

Confirmed speakers include: Alan Rusbridger of the Guardian, Chris Blackhurst of the Independent, James Harding of The Times, former editor of the News of the World Colin Myler, John Kampfner of Index on Censorship, and Stephen Abell of the PCC.

John Whittingdale and Tom Watson from the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee and Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham will also join the discussion.

Steve Auckland of Northcliffe Newspapers, Peter Barron of Google and newspaper analyst, Jim Chisholm, will speak at the Tuesday morningl 20:20 Vision session.

The conference will wrap up on Tuesday with the incoming president’s address by Fran Unsworth, head of newsgathering at the BBC.

Current SoE president Robin Esser, executive managing editor of the Daily Mail said: ‘This could prove to be our most important conference to date.’

The venue, the Runnymede-on-Thames hotel at Egham, alongside the Thames near Windsor Castle – and the M25 and Heathrow – is near to where King John began to sign away his regal powers in the Magna Carta in 1215.

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