11th February 2004




The presenter of Radio 4’s ‘Midweek’ programme will be at the University of Lincoln next week.


Libby Purves is the latest speaker in the ‘Journalists Speak Out on Journalism’ series organised by the university.


An award-winning journalist, Libby Purves received an OBE for services to journalism and was Columnist of the Year in 1999.


She joined the BBC in 1971 as a studio manager in Broadcasting House. She went on to become a studio manager for the World Service and then for BBC Radio Oxford, where she presented and produced the morning programme.


In 1974 she joined Radio 4’s ‘Today’ programme as a freelance reporter. She then went on to present the programme in 1977, becoming the show’s first woman presenter - and in 1978 she was the first person to broadcast live from Beijing.


She became presenter of Radio 4’s ‘Midweek’ programme in 1983 and also presents ‘The Learning Curve’ on Radio 4.


In addition to her Radio 4 work, Libby is a columnist for the Times and has written widely for other publications.


The lecture will take place on Monday 16th February at 6pm in the Cargill Lecture Theatre, Brayford Pool campus.


Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.


The reporter who was famously captured by the Taliban will be the next journalist to speak out in the series.  Yvonne Ridley, chief reporter at the Sunday Express will discuss media distortion of the war in Iraq on Tuesday 24th February.


For more information about these lectures call Professor Richard Keeble on 01522 886940.

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