BBC’s Ros Atkins joins Future of News line-up

Posted on: April 22, 2022 by Claire Meadows

BBC News Presenter Ros Atkins has joined the line-up for next month’s Society of Editors Future of News conference.

Atkins, the creator and presenter of Outside Source on the BBC News channel and on BBC World News, will kick-off the programme on 11 May 2022 when the conference returns to London.

A BBC News TV and radio presenter for nearly twenty years, Atkins has covered many of the biggest global stories including the Arab Spring, Brexit, COVID19, Olympics and World Cups, and multiple US, European and UK elections. Since 2019, his new video explainer format has racked up millions of views with the Sunday Times crediting him with having ‘invented a new genre of reporting‘.

Dawn Alford, Executive Director of the Society of Editors said: “The theme of this year’s conference is the Future of News and, with that in mind, who better to join us than the BBC journalist credited with having attracted new audiences with the success of his viral explainer videos. We look forward to welcoming both Ros and our other excellent speakers on 11 May.”

Atkins joins numerous high-profile speakers that have already been announced for the conference including Alison Phillips, Editor at the Daily Mirror, BBC Digital Director Naja Nielsen, Kamal Ahmed, Editor-in-Chief of the News Movement, LBC Presenter Nick Ferrari, Jasper Fulcher, the Telegraph’s Head of Daily Visual Production. Shelley Bishton, Head of Creative Diversity for News UK, renowned foreign correspondent Ian Birrell and many more.

Topics of discussion for the one day ‘Future of News’ conference include the coverage of Ukraine, how to engage new audiences and the growing trend for solution-focused content, diversity and inclusion in newsrooms and trust in the media and business models for future success.

Spaces at the conference are limited so those wishing to attend are encouraged to book now. A day-delegate is priced at £150+VAT for members and £160+VAT for non-members. To book please contact Angela Upton Please note – this year the Society will not be providing accommodation however details of nearby hotels can be found here.

The Society’s campaigning work on behalf of press freedom is made possible thanks to the support of Camelot, Meta and Google.

A programme for the conference can be found here and more speakers will be announced in the coming days.