5 speakers 15 minutes each
Mon 25th Feb 2019
5x15: 5 speakers, 15 minutes
James Harding is the Co-founder and Editor of Tortoise Media, and prior to this was Director of News and Current Affairs at the BBC, the worlds largest news organisation. He was the 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.
Helena Kennedy is one of Britain's most distinguished lawyers. She has spent her professional life giving voice to those who have least power within the system, championing civil liberties and promoting human rights. She has used many public platforms – including the House of Lords, to which she was elevated in 1997 – to argue with passion, wit and humanity for social justice. She has also written and broadcast on a wide range of issues, from medical negligence to terrorism to the rights of women and children.
Peter Ettedgui began his career in film in the art department and as an assistant editor, before writing several films including ‘Onegin’ (directed by Martha Fiennes, with Ralph Fiennes and Liv Tyler). He went on to produce ‘Kinky Boots’ (directed by Julian Jarrold, with Joel Edgerton and Chiwitel Ejiofor), while his work as development consultant and script editor includes ‘Spectre’, the last Bond film. More recently, he has worked on several feature documentaries, including ‘Listen to Me, Marlon,’ (directed by Stevan Riley) a film portrait of Marlon Brando, told through the actor’s audio archive, for which Peter was the recipient of a Peabody Award and the best writing award at the Independent Documentary Awards. This led to him writing and directing (with Ian Bonhôte) ‘McQueen’, the acclaimed film about the designer Lee Alexander McQueen. At 5x15, Peter will talk about bringing McQueen back to life through the extraordinary archive material he and Ian tracked down while making the film.
Chris McGreal is a reporter for The Guardian and the author of American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts. He is a former correspondent for The Guardian in Johannesburg, Jerusalem and Washington DC, and now writes from across the US. He has won several awards, including for his reporting of the genocide in Rwanda, coverage of Israel/Palestine, and for writing on the impact of economic recession in modern America.
James O’Brien is a writer and LBC radio presenter. He has written for the Times Literary Supplement and is a regular columnist for the Daily Mirror. He has presented BBC Two’s Newsnight and his own daytime talk show O’Brien on ITV. His daily current affairs phone-in show on LBC has a million weekly listeners and his Unfiltered podcast has been downloaded three million times. How To Be Right is his first book.