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Sir Harold Evans to give Hugh Cudlipp Lecture

Former Sunday Times editor Sir Harold Evans is to give this year's Hugh Cudlipp Lecture at the London College of Communication on Monday 28 January.

A release from the organisers said:

Admission to the lecture, in the Main Lecture Theatre at LCC, is by invitation only. Tickets for the Podium Lecture Theatre, where the event will be streamed live, can be booked via Eventbrite.

Evans whose lecture is entitled, ‘The press the public deserves,’ will be guest speaker at the tenth annual lecture. Speakers in the past have included Jon Snow, Lord Grade, Paul Dacre, Andrew Marr and Alastair Campbell.

Evans, 84, editor of The Sunday Times from 1967-1981, was voted the all-time greatest British newspaper editor by British journalists in 2004. He is expected to talk about regulation and ownership of the press.     

Paul Charman, LCC’s BA Journalism Course Director, describes Evans as “a champion of investigative journalism in the public interest - perhaps the finest exponent of the Cudlipp tradition of uncovering important news and presenting it in a popular way. Evans is likely to have some controversial views on the way forward, particularly on regulation.”

At the lecture, the winner of the £1000 Hugh Cudlipp Award for Student Journalism 2012 will be announced.

The award is for a UK journalism student for a series of articles “in the Cudlipp tradition of exposing a wrong or investigating and depicting a social issue in a comprehensive way,” explained Charman. The articles must have been published in a national, regional or local paper between 1 December 2011 and 30 November 2012.

Charman explained that Hugh Cudlipp was one of the “great 20th century pioneers of popular tabloid journalism. He championed the idea that important social and political issues could be presented in an attractive, compelling way which would be understood by ordinary working people - and without recourse to phone-hacking.”


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