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Taking on the Media Barons

March 17, 2012 10:00

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TUC Congress House, 23-28 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS

Places: central london

How can we make the media fair for all?

A one-day conference

Media ownership and regulation are in the spotlight as never before.

Revelations about the conduct of Murdoch-owned papers have pitched the press into crisis. Murdoch's failed attempt to take full control of BSkyB, the biggest broadcaster in Europe,has focussed attention on who controls the media and who controls the news.

The Leveson Inquiry is lifting the lid on the truth behind the headlines and there is now a once in a generation chance for real reform.

But what sort of reform?
How can we create a press that is both free and fair?

For years, the media have attacked the unions and the unions have been calling for change. Now everyone is joining a national debate.

On Saturday March 17, politicians, union representatives, journalists, campaigners, commentators and academics will debate how we can reform the media

Confirmed speakers to date:

  • Frances O'Grady - TUC Deputy General Secretary
  • Harriet Harman MP - Labour Shadow Secretary for Culture, Media and Sport,
  • John Hendy QC - NUJ Counsel to the Leveson Inquiry
  • Luke Crawley - BECTU Assistant General Secretary
  • Michelle Stanistreet - NUJ General Secretary
  • Tony Burke - Assistant General Secretary Unite
  • John Hendy - QC for the NUJ at the Leveson Inquiry
  • Granville Williams - Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom
  • Tom O'Malley - Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom and Professor of Media Aberystwyth University
  • James Curran - Co-ordinating Committee for Media Reform
  • Natalie Fenton - Professor of Media and Communications Goldsmiths College London
  • Jim Boumelha - International Federation of Journalists

Leading politicians from the three main political parties have also been invited to participate.


£10 registration fee, £6 unwaged, includes refreshments and a sandwich lunch.

Register online now for £10 + £1.25 booking fee, £6 + £0.80 for unwaged, or

Click here to pay by cheque for £10, or £6 unwaged.

Email Contact email: msmith@tuc.org.uk


Reclaim the Media

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