9th October 2003

 

JOURNALISTS BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE

 

The head of Channel 4 News will give a lecture next week assessing the state of British journalism in the wake of this year’s global political crises.

 

Dorothy Byrne, acting Head of News and Current Affairs at Channel 4, is the latest speaker in the weekly ‘Journalists Speak Out on Journalism’ series being staged at the University of Lincoln.

 

Her talk on Monday (13th October) entitled ‘Damned Whatever We Do’ will discuss the way broadcast journalists were criticised for their rolling news reporting of the war in Iraq and how they were accused of following an agenda set by politicians and the military.

 

“Conversely, the BBC ‘Today’ programme has been criticised for trying to break stories and for not following an agenda, and now people are calling for the BBC’s wings to be clipped,” she argues.

 

A former editor of ‘The Big Story’ at ITV and a producer for ‘World in Action’ on ITV, Dorothy Byrne will give her lecture at 6pm in the Cargill Lecture Theatre in the main academic building on the Brayford Pool campus.

 

Members of the public are welcome to attend and admission is free.

 

This is the third lecture in the series which has been organised by Professor Richard Keeble of the university’s Journalism Department.

 

Other speakers in the series this semester include John Bird, Editor-in-Chief of The Big Issue, and Fuad Nahdi, Editor-in-Chief of the Muslim magazine Q-News.

 

For more information about these lectures call Professor Richard Keeble on Lincoln 886940 or visit www.lincoln.ac.uk/events/journalism.html

 

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For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886042

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

 

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