Tortoise co-founder James Harding joins SoE Conference

Posted on: August 14, 2019 by Mariella Brown

One of the UK media’s most high-profile figures, Tortoise co-founder and editor James Harding is to take to the stage at this year’s Society of Editors Conference.

Harding, former editor of The Times and Director of News & Current Affairs at the BBC joins a number of major names taking part in this year’s 20th Anniversary Conference.

Entitled Defending Media Freedom, the conference will see a host of important figures both from the media industry and relevant sectors to debate the pressing issues of the hour.

Ian Murray, executive director of the Society of Editors commented: “This year’s line-up is growing ever stronger and we are delighted that James can join us to add his immense knowledge and experience to our debates.

“As always, the SoE Conference is a must-attend date in the media calendar.”

The SoE has already announced that appearing at the conference will be Elizabeth Denham, the UK’s Information Commissioner, amongst other major newspaper editors. This includes a strong line-up of Ted Verity (The Mail on Sunday), Alison Phillips (Daily Mirror) and Chris Evans (The Daily Telegraph).

To find out how to secure places at this year’s conference and gala dinner on 12 November at Stationers’ Hall,  click here.

James Harding – Tortoise Media

James Harding is Co-Founder and Editor of Tortoise. Prior to this, James was the Director of News and Current Affairs at the BBC, the world’s largest news organisation, until January 2018. Prior to that he was Editor of The Times of London from 2007-2012, winning the Newspaper of the Year in two of the five years he edited the paper.  He was previously The Times’ Business Editor, having joined from The Financial Times, where he worked as Washington Bureau Chief, Media Editor and China correspondent opening the paper’s bureau in Shanghai in 1996. He is the author of Alpha Dogs – How political spin became a global business and he presented On Background on the BBC World Service with Zanny Minton-Beddoes, editor of The Economist.

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