Join us for our first OA Spring Reception where we invite you to be part of a virtual discussion with OAs Lionel Barber and Stewart Purvis CBE, about the future of journalism in a world where the pressure to create online content is threatening to make the print medium obsolete, and where social media is giving everyone the opportunity to create their own 'news'.
Stewart Purvis CBE (OA 1960-66) began his career as one of the BBC’s first news trainees, going on to become Editor-in-Chief of Channel 4 News and, ultimately, Chief Executive of ITN. In 2003, he became City University London’s first Professor of Television Journalism, and a Visiting Professor of Broadcast Media at Oxford University. He is a broadcaster on media matters, appearing regularly on BBC Radio 4’s Media Show and on Sky News, the BBC News channel and LBC. His career has won him a number of awards, including two BAFTAs. He received a CBE in 2000 for services to broadcasting and in 2009 he was awarded the Royal Television Society Gold Medal for an outstanding contribution to television. He has been a board director at Channel 4 for the past seven years.
Lionel Barber (OA 1966-73) served as editor of the Financial Times between 2005 and 2020. During his tenure, the Financial Times transformed itself from a print-led newspaper into a global, multi-channel news organisation, winning multiple awards for its journalism. Lionel is the author of The Powerful and the Damned: Private Diaries In Turbulent Times. He has lectured widely on foreign affairs, international economic policy and business matters, and appears regularly on TV and radio. As Financial Times editor, he interviewed many of the world's leaders in business and politics, including US Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump, President Vladimir Putin of Russia, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, and President Hassan Rouhani of Iran. Lionel is chairman of The Wincott Foundation and a trustee of the Carnegie Corporation in New York.