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New speakers announced for SoE conference

The Society of Editors has announced a further roster of speakers for its annual conference at Stansted in November.

New names added to the line-up include Times editor James Harding, Google UK director Mart Brittin, BBC director of news Helen Boade, and shadow justice secretary Dominic Grieve.

Olympic gold medal winner Jonathan Edwards will also speak, at a session looking at the relationship between the press and the organisers of the 2012 Olympic Games.

There is still time to claim a £100 discount on delegate fees before the end of September.

Other confirmed conference speakers include News International’s managing director of customer direct, Katie Vanneck and Andy Trotter, chairman of the Association of Chief Police Officers’ Media Advisory Group.

They will join new Press Complaints Commission chairman Baroness Buscombe who will deliver the 2009 Society of Editors Lecture that will open the conference. It will be her first major public speech since taking over from Sir Christopher Meyer at the PCC.

The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, will deliver a keynote speech during the conference and other senior figures from the media, politics and the law including Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer and Information Commissioner Christopher Graham will also take part.

Discussion sessions will explore the new tools and platforms delivering breaking news, the initiatives being established by editorial departments to create revenue and the debate over publicly funded local news.

The event, which has been entitled The Fightback, will take place at the Radisson SAS hotel at London Stansted airport from Sunday 15 November to Tuesday 17 November.

SoE president Nigel Pickover, editor of Evening Star, Ipswich, said: “While our main focus will be on fighting back to recovery from the combined effects of recession and structural change that are having dramatic impact on the media, we shall also be debating the vital issues of media freedom that are so vital to our efforts to inform and serve readers, listeners and viewers on paper, through broadcast, mobile technology and the internet.”