Loughrey faces tough questions on BBC future

By Jon Slattery

The BBC’s director, Nations and Regions, Pat Loughrey should face
some tough questioning when he speaks at the Society of Editors’ annual
conference at Windermere next month.

He will speak in a session focusing on the future of broadcasting
and online journalism. Regional editors among the audience will want to
know more about BBC plans for local TV and websites.

The
conference will start on the evening of Sunday 16 October, with the
Society of Editors Lecture to be delivered by Les Hinton, executive
chairman of News International and chairman of the Editors’ Code
Committee.

Other speakers include Melvyn Bragg; futurologist
Richard Scase; Ken MacDonald, the Director of Public Prosecutions; Mike
Todd, chief constable of Greater Manchester; Trevor Philips, Commission
for Racial Equality; Maurice Frankel, Campaign for Freedom of
Information; Graham Smith, deputy Information Commissioner; and Sir
ChristopherMeyer, Press Complaints Commission.

Editors and senior
journalists in the line-up include: Sarah Sands, The Sunday Telegraph;
Simon Kelner, The Independent; former Sun editor David Yelland; Rod
McKenzie of BBC Radio One; George Brock, The Times; Steve Auckland,
Metro; Kevin Maguire, Daily Mirror; and Trevor Kavanagh, The Sun.

Regional
newspaper editors will include Charles McGhee, Evening Times Glasgow;
Ed Curran, Belfast Telegraph; Paul Horrocks Manchester Evening News;
Steve Dyson, Evening Mail, Birmingham; Paul Stannard, Kent on Sunday;
John Meehan, Hull Daily Mail; and Robert Cockroft, Barnsley Chronicle.

Other
speakers at the conference will include Asha Oberoi, PA News; Steve
Egginton, Worldwide Media; and John Lloyd, Financial Times. There are
still a few places left.

A draft programme is now available
online at www.societyofeditors.org – book online or contact the
conference admin office on 01223 304080 for booking forms.

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