New PCC chair to deliver Society of Editors lecture

The new Press Complaints Commission chairman, Peta Buscombe, is to deliver the opening lecture at this year’s Society of Editors conference.

Baroness Buscombe, who took over from Sir Christopher Meyer at the end of March, will launch the three-day event on 15 November, it was confirmed today.

The Society of Editors conference is the annual forum for newspaper editors and broadcasters to discuss the issues facing the industry.

The event, which last year was held in Bristol, will take place at the Radisson SAS hotel at London Stansted airport in Essex.

Other confirmed speakers include director of public prosecutions Kir Stamer, Lord Chief Justice Igor Judge and new information commissioner Christopher Graham.

Nigel Pickover, the Society of Editors president and editor of the Ipswich Evening Star, said: “While our main focus will be on fighting back to recovery from the combined effects of recession and structural change that are having dramatic impact on the media, we shall also be debating the vital issues of media freedom that are so vital to our efforts to inform and serve readers, listeners and viewers on paper, through broadcast, mobile technology and the internet.

“Previous conferences have spotlighted the amazing innovation demonstrated by traditional media companies and the ingenuity and adaptability of editors and journalists.

“This year we will show that despite tremendous battering the media at all levels is more than ready to take on new challenges.

“We have chosen Stansted because it is in the region where I work but it is also close to London.

“It has top of the range conferencing and hotel facilities and of course superb travel connections with the whole of the UK and beyond.”

The winner of the annual Rat up a Drainpipe award, which celebrates the work of political journalist Tony Bevins, will be announced at the gala dinner on Monday 16 November.

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