Inaugural Satchwell Lecture 

BBC Director General Tony Hall, Lord Hall of Birkenhead, will deliver the inaugural Satchwell Lecture, organised by the Society of Editors, at Stationers' Hall on Monday 8 October. 

Over a long and distinguished career in journalism, much of it spent tirelessly defending press freedom, Bob Satchwell (pictured below) devoted his professional life to the industry he loved. 

After a career on regional and national newspapers, Bob was at the helm of the Society of Editors for almost two decades and became a nationally-known figure, fighting not just for the independence of the media but also the public’s right to know.


It is fitting then that Bob, who stepped down from his role as the Society’s Executive Director in March 2017 due to a life-changing illness, should be honoured with an annual lecture staged by the Society in his name.

In what is certain to become a must-attend annual event in the UK media calendar, the lecture will continue Bob’s tireless work in supporting the Society’s ambition to maintain and further press freedom, freedom of expression, high standards in media training, diversity in the media and the public’s right to know.

BBC Director General Tony Hall will deliver the first Satchwell Lecture on Monday, October 8 at Stationers' Hall in London, an event which will also help to raise funds for Bob’s rehabilitation care following his debilitating aneurysm and stroke. 

The Society’s current Executive Director Ian Murray said: “No one involved over the last few years in the battle to protect a free press and diverse media here in the UK can be in any doubt of Bob’s huge contribution to that cause. From Leveson to the creation of IPSO, from threats to Freedom of Information, to the countless other attempts to stifle free speech, Bob was always there in the fight. This is a chance not only to ensure his name remains at the forefront of that fight but enables on this first occasion the industry to say some small thanks to a man who worked tirelessly on its behalf.”

The event has a small registration fee of £10. Places are limited. Tickets can be booked via Eventbrite here.

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