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Andrew Neil to deliver Society of Editors lecture

Publisher and broadcaster Andrew Neil is to deliver this year’s Society of Editors lecture at its annual conference.

The event will be held in Glasgow between November 5 and 7, and Andrew will speak on the evening of November 5 at the start of the conference, which has the theme The Next Generation.

Other speakers already confirmed include former York Evening Press editor Liz Page, now with Archant Life in the North West; Alan Rusbridger of the Guardian; Roger Alton of the Observer; former Today programme editor Kevin Marsh and media lawyer Caroline Kean.

Broadcasters Nicholas Owen, Alistair Stewart and Fiona Armstrong have been booked to chair sessions.

The Next Generation theme will explore the future of the media in terms of print, broadcast and digital delivery and will ask who the next generation of journalists will be and what skills they will need.

Bob Satchwell, executive director of the Society of Editors, said: “Last year the Society of Editors asked Whatever Next? at our annual conference. In 2006 under the banner The Next Generation, we will take the debate a step further.

“Once again the big names in the media, politics and the law will deliver their insights on the media in all its rich diversity.”

The conference will be based at Glasgow’s Radisson SAS Hotel in the heart of the city, with working sessions on the Sunday and Monday.

A gala dinner at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum will be hosted by the Rt Hon The Lord Provost of Glasgow, Councillor Liz Cameron.

Charles McGhee, this year’s president of the Society and editor of The Herald, said: “Glasgow is my city. I am delighted that the Society is bringing its annual conference here so that we can share some of its marvellous heritage.”

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