Tickets are still available to hear BBC Director General Tony Hall deliver the inaugural Satchwell Lecture next month.
Organised by the Society of Editors, the Lecture will take place at Stationers’ Hall on the evening of Monday 8 October.
Lord Hall of Birkenhead, Director General since 2013, is one of the key figures in the United Kingdom’s media and arts industry. As head of the Corporation, Hall is the editorial, operational and creative leader of the BBC. He oversees all the Corporation’s services within the UK and around the world, both public service and commercial.
Ian Murray, Executive Director of the Society of Editors said: “Lord Hall is one of the most influential figures in the media industry today and his views on what future that industry faces in an ever- changing landscape will be fascinating and informative.
“The BBC has not escaped the strong winds that are blowing through the industry and face tremendous challenges ahead.
“This is a unique opportunity to hear from one of the major figures in today’s global media world and to question him on what that future holds.”
He joined the BBC as a news trainee in 1973, and after a 20-year career as a senior journalist and editor, he became Chief Executive of BBC News and Current Affairs. He was responsible for all of BBC News’ output across the UK and the world. In 2001 he left the Corporation and, for more than a decade, was in charge of the Royal Opera House which incorporates the Royal Opera, one of the world’s leading opera companies, and the Royal Ballet, the UK’s largest ballet company.
He was previously a non-executive director, and Deputy Chairman, of Channel 4. In 2006 he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to Opera and Ballet. In 2010 it was announced that Hall was to become a life peer, sitting in the House of Lords on the Crossbenches. He is a Trustee of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, one of the largest independent grant-making foundations in the UK.
The Satchwell Lecture is named after former Society of Editors Executive Director Bob Satchwell who stepped down from his role in March 2017 due to a life-changing illness. The Lecture will help to raise funds for Bob’s rehabilitation care following his debilitating aneurysm and stroke.
Tickets are priced at £10 and can be booked via Eventbrite here.