WiJ members are invited to a  summer party in St Bride’s Churchyard .

Every year St Bride’s hold a summer party in the churchyard of St Bride’s and invite local residents and local businesses to join us for some refreshment and entertainment. We would be delighted if you  would like to join us on 10th July, from 4pm until 9pm, for what has become something of a local institution. This year, in addition to food and wine, we have a number of stalls, live entertainment and local companies have been very generous in taking part and giving gifts for the tombola. This is a great way of bringing together the different elements of our community and parish.


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Upcoming MEDIA SOCIETY events are:

  • Thursday, July 10, 2014

Stewart Purvis and his colleagues in the Journalism Department at City University London would like to invite members of the Media Society to an event, which is not being publicly advertised. It will be the first of three half-day seminars, which City will hold between now, and the 2015 General Election looking ahead to BBC Charter Review.

‘The future of the Licence Fee’ will be the theme of the first seminar on the morning of Thursday July 10th in the Performance Space in College Building, St John’s Street, London EC1V 4PB. Academic staff from City will interview experts in their fields before the questioning is opened up to the audience. These events have become known as ‘the City speed-debates’ because there are no keynotes or power-point presentations but focused back-to-back half hour sessions on the different elements of a current topic.

The schedule for the day is:
0900 Registration opens

0930 Introduction by George Brock, Head of Journalism Department, City University London.

0935 Lord Burns, Chairman of the Independent Panel on BBC Charter Review during 2004-2005 and now the Chairman of Channel Four, is interviewed by George Brock.

1000 James Purnell, Director of Strategy and Digital at the BBC and a former Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport will be interviewed by Suzanne Franks.

1030 Alternatives for funding the BBC: Lis Howell will chair a panel of  Mary Maguire, Head of Press and Broadcasting at Unison ,Tony Ageh ,Controller of BBC Archives, and Louis Heinsman, Head of International Relations NPO (Nederlandse Publieke Omroep).

1100 Tea and Coffee served.

1130 Alternatives for use of the licence fee: Richard Collins will chair a panel of Professor Neil Blain, Director of Stirling University’s Media Research Institute, Robin Foster of the Communications Chambers consultancy and Jean Seaton, Professor of Media History at the University of Westminster

1200 Dame Colette Bowe, former Chairman of Ofcom, will be interviewed by Stewart Purvis.

1230 Farewell comments by Stewart Purvis

If you would like to attend, please email Stewart Purvis, copying in  If you would like to bring a guest, please provide the details.

  • Monday, July 14, 2014

The Media Society, with generous support from ITN,
Over recent months, data protection has become a key issue for media organizations and journalists. The game-changing CJEU Google Spain judgment recognized a “right to be forgotten” in regard to internet search engine results, raising serious implications for online publishers. At the same time, the European Parliament has removed all journalistic exemptions from Article 80 of the draft EU Data Protection Regulations, eroding long-established protections relating to journalistic freedoms. Meanwhile, the recent ruling in Weller v Associated Newspapers concerning image rights for children found a breach of the Data Protection Act.

This debate will explore the shifting data protection regime and examine the repercussions for journalism, online news archives and a true account of history. Can the right balance be struck between freedom of expression and the increasing privacy rights of data subjects? Or is the media heading for a data disaster?

Moderator: Alastair Stewart, Newscaster ITN

Christopher Graham, Information Commissioner: former BBC radio and TV journalist.
John Whittingdale MP, Chairman of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee
John Battle, Head of Compliance, ITN
Anya Proops, Barrister specialising in information law.
Joining by Google Hangout:
Professor Luciano Floridi - Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information, University of Oxford,  advisor to Google.

ITN 200 Gray’s Inn Road 
United Kingdom
Monday, 14 July 2014 from 16:45 to 19:45 (BST)

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