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Update: 19 April
This programme is a draft and is subject to change.

Host Partner: Wellcome Trust
Session Partners include: Channel 4 and Mission Bay



Arrivals and Coffee. Main auditorium, Wellcome Collection


Welcome from Stephen Fleming, eiDigest Editor since 2007 who will introduce the day, and Geraldine Sharpe-Newton, Chair of Judges, Comment Awards 2017 introducing the categories and judges for 2017 and to previewing the criteria for entry.


Broadcast Comment, In Association with Mission Bay

How does Comment happen in broadcast rather than print, and specifically, is it more the preserve or radio than television? And what kind of content can remain that favourite word of regulators such as Ofcom - 'balanced' if it is full of bias? We take a look at the issue with John Keeling of blue chip media headhunters Mission Bay, together with Sanjay Nazerali, Chief Strategy Officer at Carat and former head of Audiences Marketing at the BBC and, in the chair, Peter York.

12.25 - 12.40

Anchorwoman: Viv Groskop.
Join one of the most perspicacious commentators, who happens to also be screamingly funny, as she previews extracts from her new show about - what else? - news and comment.


12.40 - 13.15

Comment Awards Lecture:  James Harding.
The former Times Editor, prolific author and now head of News at the BBC gives the inaugural Comment Awards Lecture at today's Comment Conference, before taking questions and comments from the audiences. Chaired by Peter York commentator for many outlets including The Sunday Times, and Associate of Editorial Intelligence.


Lunch kindly hosted by Wellcome Trust at the Wellcome Collection.



We have invited Ivor Baddiel, one of TV's most hidden treasures, the man who pens the words behind some of the wittiest words uttered during live recordings from the BAFTAs to the X-Factor, to comment on what makes good copy - and how to make it work spoken aloud.



Why do we balk at outspoken commentators even when they are the most popular? Is the mainstream media too dominated by 'the metropolitan liberal elite' or do they have a point - that being outspoken is a byword for all sorts of disagreeable opinions which are best left unsaid. A key speaker with 'skin in the game' on this will give their view. Speaker announced shortly.



Pitch Perfect.
What does a columnist like Kate Maltby do when she pitches a piece? Also, who asks the difference between Critic and Columnist: A signposted divide?



Tomorrow's Comment - Today.
Join Charlie Burgess, Stephen Fleming, Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff and Alice Thwaite in discussing the state of British Comment and predicting the stories which should make tomorrow's Comment pieces, including a break into groups to decide what those stories will be. Includes coffee stop before coming back to share with the group.....


Closing Panel: Truthiness, Trust, Fake News: Who and What Do We Believe?, In Association with Channel 4 News

Chair: Matt Frei

Panel: Viv Groskop, Kate Maltby, Hetan Shah

Some of the UK's most prominent and expert commentators look at the state of fact, stats, lies, truth in reporting - ten years after the term 'truthiness' was first coined (by US comedian Stephen Colbert).


Closing Drinks, kindly hosted by Wellcome Collection




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