Programme 2013

London 2013 – Freedom to Inform

The Society of Editors Annual Conference is the most important meeting on the media calendar. Editors of national and regional publications and broadcasting organisations and digital media come together to discuss the major issues facing the industry. Politicians, representatives of the legal system and key players in the other organisations and the business world join the discussion panels that set the agenda for the following year’s media activity.

Society of Editors president, Jonathan Grun, editor of the Press Association said: “This year’s conference follows a year in which countering threats to the media have been at the forefront of the society’s work. We will use this conference to make the case that an independent, robust press is truly a force for good and it will be a forum to debate the key issues with our critics.”


SUNDAY 10 November 2013
Tower Hotel, London

Delegates are invited to attend Choral Evensong at St Bride’s with the world-renowned choir in the historic Fleet Street journalists’ church by kind invitation of the Venerable David Meara Archdeacon of London and Rector of St Bride’s. It will start at 5.30pm.

Sunday evening: President’s Supper

Informal dinner for those staying overnight

MONDAY 11 November 2013
Tower Hotel, London

9.00 am Registration and coffee

10.30 am Welcome
Jonathan Grun, President of the Society of Editors and Editor of the Press Association

11.00 am Silence

11.05 am Keynote address
The Home Secretary, Theresa May

11.50 am Opening up the family courts
The Rt Hon Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division

12.30 pm Responsible journalists deliver the news – not make it

Heather Brooke, Freedom of Information Campaigner
Shami Chakrabarti, Director, Liberty
Andrew Vallance, Air Vice-Marshall, Secretary, DPBAC
Christopher Graham, Information Commissioner

Chaired by Martin Stanford, News Presenter, Sky News

1.15 pm Buffet reception and lunch in partnership with BBC News

2.15 pm The Police and the Media

Can the new “FBI” lead the way?

Keith Bristow, Director General of the National Crime Agency
Alex Marshall, Chief Executive Officer, College of Policing
Andrew Trotter, Chief Constable, British Transport Police, National Policing Lead for the Communication Advisory Group

Chaired by Dermot Murnaghan, News Presenter, Sky News

3.20 pm The changing face of journalism

Steve Auckland
David Dinsmore, Editor, The Sun
Peter Barron, Director of Communications and Public Affairs in Europe, Middle East and Africa, Google
Geraldine Allinson, Chairman, the KM Group
Simon Fox, Chief Executive, Trinity Mirror

Chaired by Raymond Snoddy, journalist, television presenter, author and media commentator

4.15 pm Tea

4.30 pm Society of Editors’ Lecture

Lord (Michael) Grade of Yarmouth CBE
A former chairman of the BBC and ITV, Michael Grade is also a Press Complaints commissioner.

Chaired by Francesca Unsworth, Deputy Director of News and Current Affairs, BBC

5.25 pm AGM

7.15 pm Reception

7.45 pm Gala Dinner (Black tie)

Those speaking at the Gala Dinner include President Jonathan Grun, Editor of the Press Association, David Price QC and president-elect Ian Murray, Editor, Southern Daily Echo.

11.00 pm Late bar

TUESDAY 12 November 2013
Sessions to be held at London and Partners across the river. 
The address is 2 More London Riverside, London, SE1 2RR.

9.30 am The way forward for IPSO

Stig Abell, Managing Editor, The Sun
John Witherow, Editor, The Times
Lord Hunt, Chairman, Press Complaints Commission
Paul Vickers, Chairman, Industry Implementation Group
John McLellan, Director, Scottish Newspaper Society

Chaired by Steve Hewlett, Presenter, BBC Radio 4’s The Media Show

11.30 am Conference close