Taking on the Media Barons – TUC, NUJ and CPBF Conference


How can we make the media fair for all?

 TUC, NUJ and CPBF Conference

Saturday 17 March

Congress House, Great Russell Street London WC1B 3LS – contact Stuart Watkin on watkinsb@parliament.uk if you’d like to attend.




10am – 10.10am

Frances O’Grady -TUC Deputy General Secretary


Session 1

10.10am – 11am Keynote address and Q&A

Rt Hon Harriet Harman QC MP – Labour Deputy Leader and Shadow Cabinet member for Culture, Media and Sport

Question and Answers


Session 2

11am – 12noon The state of the media today

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary – journalism and the media barons

Luke Crawley  BECTU Assistant General Secretary – the broadcasting dimension

Jim Broumelha  International Federation of Journalists – an international perspective

Pete Lazenby  NUJ – what’s happening to local news

Natalie Fenton – local media and democracy

Chair of session: Frances O’Grady


Session 3

12 noon – 1pm Why ownership matters

Granville Williams – Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom

Tony Burke – Assistant General Secretary Unite 

Richard Bagley – Morning Star 

Avaaz –- Michael Calderbank people against Murdoch

Chair: Joy Johnson


LUNCH BREAK  1pm – 1.45pm


Session 4

1.45pm – 2.45pm

Leveson  – the story so far

Dan Sabbagh – The Guardian

David Sherborne – QC Leveson Inquiry (tbc)

Thais Portilho-Shrimpton – Hacked off 

John Hendy QC – NUJ QC to the Leveson Inquiry

Chair: Kevin Maguire (tbc)


Session 5

2.45pm – 3.45pm

Regulatory reform what is to be done?

Tom O’Malley –  The historical context 

James  Curran – CCMR proposals

Chris Frost – NUJ Ethics Council

Seamus Dooley – NUJ Ireland

Natalie Fenton – chair


Concluding remarks

Michelle Stanistreet NUJ

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