Programme and Tickets

There are 2 ticket options for the Comment Conference, please see below for the current programme. For further details and to complete a booking form please contact

Single Day Ticket: £395 + VAT
  • Attendance to Comment Conference programme on Wednesday 15th June
  • Includes lunch and refreshments during the day

Single Day Ticket + 2 places at The Comment Awards Ceremony: £545 + VAT
  • Attendance to Comment Conference programme on Wednesday 15th June
  • Includes lunch and refreshments during the day
  • 2 places at The Comment Awards Ceremony held on the morning of Wednesday 23rd November

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Update: 8 June
This programme is a draft and is subject to change.

Host Partner: Cass Business School Associate Partner: Newsworks
Media Partner: LBC
Session Partners include:Weber Shandwick

Registration and Coffee

Welcome from Sir Anthony Seldon Chair of Judges, Comment Awards 2016

09.45 - 10.15
Editorial Comment:
Geordie Greig
, Editor, Mail on Sunday in conversation with Julia Hobsbawm, Founder, Editorial Intelligence and the Comment Awards.

10.15 - 10.45
Business Comment and the Business of Comment:
A discussion about the future of business and economic comment in an age of instantaneous news feeds, including a speaker from our host for the day, Cass Business Business School part of City University and some of its journalism students - with a key national media commentators adding in their two pence' worth too including Liam Halligan, Economics Commentator, The Telegraph and Cliff Oswick, Professor in Organisation Theory, chaired by Sepi Roshan

10.45 - 11.15
Do Women have a different Comment Voice to men?
As the Comment Awards 2016 nominations are closing for the year, eiDigest have announced a Special Award this year for the Best Womens' Voice. We ask prominent commentators to have their say: Samantha Asumadu, Founder, Media Diversified, Suzanne Moore, the Guardian, Eleanor Mills, The Sunday Times

11.15 - 11.30
Short break

11.30 - 12.00
Becoming the Story: Commentators and Newspapers being Commented on
Chair: Rufus Olins, CEO, Newsworks
Panel: Claire Enders, Enders Analysis, Lisa Markwell, ex Editor, Independent on Sunday and Toby Young of The Spectator

Political Comment: Good, Bad and Ugly
In Association with Weber Shandwick
Chair: Jon McLeod, Weber Shandwick
Panel: Iain Dale, LBC, + Beth Rigby, The Times + Frederick Studemann, Financial Times


14.30 - 15.15
Contrarian Comment: Offensive or Provocative?
Are we too worried about commentators whose words are 'strong meat' for their readers or are we right to think that giving voice to offensive opinions causes bad behaviour? Is the right to call offence a free speech issue or something less or more?
Chaired by Julia Hobsbawm, we begin this discussion with someone very well acquainted with this issue: contrarian Katie Hopkins, scholar Armand D'Angour + writer and broadcaster Emma Barnett

15.15 - 16.00
Tomorrow's Comment with eiDigest
You've heard the comments all day - but what will be in tomorrow's comment pages?
Editorial Intelligence and Comment Award's Editorial Director Charlie Burgess and eiDigest's Editor Stephen Fleming give you a ringside seat around the conference table and ask you to help them lay out their pages.

Tea and Close 




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