Leading regional newspaper executives are among those taking part in a day-long debate on the industry’s future at this month’s Society of Editors conference.
The year’s biggest industry gathering opens in Berkshire on Sunday week and the full programme has now been finalised.
As presviouly announced, the conference will kick off with the annual Society of Editors’ lecturer, to be delivered this year by BBC chairman Lord Patten.
But the customary morning and afternoon sessions on the Monday have been scrapped and replaced by a day-long debate about where the industry goes from here in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal and this summer’s controveries over super-injunctions.
Regional press figures taking part in the discussion will include Neil Benson, editorial director of Trinity Mirror Regionals, Ian Murray, editor-in-chief of the Southern Daily Echo, Simon O’Neill, editor of the Oxford Mail, and Gerry Keighley, editor of the South Wales Argus,
The all-day debate will be chaired by Steve Hewlett of BBC Radio Four’s The Media Show and will look at what needs fixing, issues of privacy, libel and regulation, and the way forward for the industry.
The final day of the conference will see the publication of an industry-wide survey recently featured on HTFP.
And Northcliffe managing director Steve Auckland will be among the panellists for the final session, looking ahead to what the media landscape will look like in 2020.