Frontline Staff

August 11, 2010

Social networking and journalism: Power to the people?

By Julie Tomlin and Sirena Bergman How have Facebook, Twitter and blogs changed changed grassroots politics? This was the question tackled at the club on Tuesday, at an event moderated by Deborah Bonello, founder of and video journalist for the Financial Times. If you couldn’t be with us for this event, you can watch […]

August 8, 2010

Tributes pour in for Frontline Club member Karen Woo, killed in Afghanistan trying to make a difference

There’s no more sad news for us at the Frontline than to hear that one of our own has died. So it is with a heavy heart we read that the surgeon Dr Karen Woo was shot and killed in a remote area of northern Afghanistan on Friday (there are many news reports, such as […]

July 29, 2010

Combatants for peace: Israelis and Palestinians fighting extremism together

Download this episode View in iTunes The intractable conflict between Israel and Hamas over territory, settlements, blockades and terror strikes can give outsiders the impression of a desperate situation. With no firm political, two-state solution in sight, will ordinary peaceful Israelis and Palestinians ever return to the kind of normal lives that we in the […]

July 28, 2010

At the centre of a media storm: The Frontline and WikiLeaks in links

It’s not every day that the world’s media descends on 13 Norfolk Place. But on Monday at noon the eyes of the British and international media were firmly fixed on our forum room as WikiLeaks editor and founder Julian Assange explained and defended the release of more than 90,000 confidential US military records on the […]

July 28, 2010

WikiLeaks founder at the Frontline: ‘We will fill the journalism vacuum’

Download this episode View in iTunes Watch the whole event here.    By Heather Christie “We’re not an organisation concerned with protecting troops,” said Julian Assange.  “We’re an organisation concerned with protecting human beings.” The founder of WikiLeaks, the secretive whistle-blowing website, did not mince his words at last night’s Frontline Club talk.  Rather, he […]

July 26, 2010

Wikileaks founder defends Afghan War Diary files at the Frontline

Download this episode View in iTunes The founder of whistle-blowing website Wikileaks today described the release of more than 90,000 classified US military documents on the war in Afghanistan as the equivalent to the East German Stasi secret police opening up its files after the collapse of communism. Julian Assange was speaking at the Frontline […]

July 21, 2010

Reflections: Jon Snow

View in iTunes Watch the full event here.      One of the biggest challenges for today’s journalists is showing “the full consequences of war” Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow told a packed audience at the Frontline Club on Monday. Showing footage taken on assignment during his reporting career, Jon Snow remarked that some […]

July 21, 2010

America’s invisible government: Can a President take it on?

View in iTunes Watch the full event here.  By Joseph Stashko  American government is constantly in the grip of unseen forces, including the CIA and big business. That was the consensus view at last night’s Frontline Club event, ‘America’s Invisible Government’. The panel discussion was chaired by BBC Radio 4’s Paddy O’Connell and comprised of […]

July 15, 2010

Any difference between PR and journalism?

Watch the full event here.  “PR has always been the get-out for journalists who want to make more money,” said Martin Veitch who is due to join Bite Communications. “Those who wanted to drink more would become journalists instead.” This arguably outdated vision of the intrinsic differences between journalism and PR is what promted Frontline […]

July 14, 2010

FULLY BOOKED Crossing the streams: is PR becoming more like journalism?

They’re supposed to be opposite ends of the spectrum: journalists report the news, while public relations professionals try to influence them. But how different is PR from journalism these days? Should those who value editorial and commercial independence be concerned or is it just a sympton of a shrinking, fragmented mass media?

July 13, 2010

Drawing the Horizon line: Public apathy and the oiligarchy

Despite the recently – or temporarily – ended Gulf of Mexico oil spill debacle, governments, oil companies and the public are not going to get serious about shifting away from oil or really clamping down on the industry any time soon. That was the consensus after a well-fuelled discussion last night at the Frontline Club […]

July 7, 2010

What can the West do about the ‘information black hole’ in Sri Lanka?

By Jasper Jackson More than 30,000 civilians may have died in the final days of the Sri Lankan civil war, according to the International Crisis Group. But an “information black hole” created by the Sri Lankan government has prevented the world from uncovering the actions of both state forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil […]

July 1, 2010

Frontline Summer roundup: Intelligent debate and fine food & wine

The Frontline is a busy place – and though some might slow down during the summer months it’s as exciting as ever at Norfolk Place and we’ve got some great events and plans for the coming months. Here’s what’s going on: The finest food and wine We pride ourselves on serving the best  food made […]

July 1, 2010

Frontline Summer roundup: Intelligent debate and fine food & wine

The Frontline is a busy place – and though some might slow down during the summer months it’s as exciting as ever at Norfolk Place and we’ve got some great events and plans for the coming months. Here’s what’s going on: The finest food and wine We pride ourselves on serving the best  food made […]

July 1, 2010

Frontline Summer roundup: Intelligent debate and fine food & wine

The Frontline is a busy place. Though some might slow down during the summer months it’s as exciting as ever at Norfolk Place and we’ve got some great events and plans for the coming months. Here’s what’s going on: The finest food and wine We pride ourselves on serving the best  food made from the […]

July 1, 2010

What does the BP Gulf disaster tell us about the oil industry?

By Anna Chapman The BP Deepwater Horizon disaster may well be the worst US environmental disaster on record, but how does it fit into a global context? John Vidal, environment editor of The Guardian, and one of the panellists for our Politics of Oil debate on July 13, has argued that the Nigerian experience has […]

June 30, 2010

Insight with Gary Younge: Race, identity, extremism and who we are

By Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi When people talk about young British Muslim extremists, we should consider the "disruptive capacity that alienation can bring out in someone is on the way to where these bombers come from". That’s according to journalist Gary Younge who appeared at the Frontline club on Tuesday to talk about identity and his work. […]

June 30, 2010

Israel and Palestine: Personal stories from Combatants for Peace, part two

Download this episode View in iTunes On 28 July the Frontline Club asks: is the best route to peace in the Holy Land to put down guns and start talking? Four members of the Israeli-Palestinian activist group Combatants for Peace will be on hand to talk about how they plan to do just that. Tickets […]

June 28, 2010

Tokyo Vice: Yakuza, murder and crime reporting in Japan

The Japan we know from films and TV is one of tradition, high technology and pop culture. But as with every nation, something more sinister lies beneath the bright lights of Sony and Nintendo. With an expert panel including Jake Adelstein author of Tokyo Vice, we’ll investigate the problem of organised crime in Japan and cast a light on the media’s reporting of it.

June 24, 2010

Bosnia: Will the uncertain peace deal hold?

View in iTunes By Joseph Stashko Almost 15 years after the Dayton Agreement, the future of Bosnia is still very uncertain. That was the unanimous agreement by the panel at last night’s Frontline Club, comprising of Paddy Ashdown, Kemal Pervanic, founder of Most Mira charity, and chaired by Allan Little, the BBC correspondent who spent […]

June 23, 2010

North Korea: Behind the Iron Curtain – watch the full debate here

View in iTunes As the world watches the North Korean football team’s plucky performances in South Africa, the glamour of the occasion masks an altogether different reality for the citizens of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. So much about Kim Jong-Il’s communist state is unknown – but we brought together four experts on the […]

June 17, 2010

Food and wine tasting evening with Malcom Gluck, July 15

The Frontline is delighted to announce our latest food and wine tasting evening, in the club room on July 15 at 7.30 pm. You’ll be treated to a gourmet four course meal devised by our executive chef John Edwards – with wine matched to each course by leading wine expert Malcolm Gluck. Malcolm will be […]

June 17, 2010

Climate change: is the coalition up to the challenge of the next five years? Watch our debate in full

Download this episode View in iTunes Watch the full event here. As if the most stringent cuts in a generation, mounting debt, a precarious global economy and an uneasy political alliance wasn’t enough for the Lib-Con coalition to deal with, the government is also tasked with finding answers to the most pressing problem of all: […]

June 16, 2010

Lord Puttnam: Digital Economy Act is ‘inadequate’ in meeting 21st century challenges

By Jasper Jackson The Digital Economy Act will allow the government to disconnect the very worst offending online piracy offenders from the internet, potentially cutting many ordinary people from an increasingly vital service. But the act, now passed into law, was undermined by the speed of the legislative "washup" process at the end of the […]

June 11, 2010


We will be hosting football nights in the Clubroom starting with England V America on Saturday June 12th @ 7pm. Come and enjoy some delicious British food and cheer on the boys…..

June 9, 2010

Axing the handouts for ‘subsidy junkie’ regional media

Watch the full event here.  Journalists need skills other than subbing and writing: they need to fill a niche and to stop being afraid of dealing with money. And with the new Lib-Con government finally and conclusively shutting the door on the idea of giving over public funds to support innovative multimedia regional franchises (Independently […]

June 8, 2010

RESCHEDULED: On the media: What now for local and regional media in the UK?

View in iTunes Tickets booked for the original date of May 19 are still valid for this event. The media industry has never faced more uncertainty or doubt over its future than now. And nowhere is that anxiety more felt than in local and regional print and broadcast publishing. Labour’s plans to revolutionise local TV […]

June 3, 2010

Little hope for change: Iran, Democracy and an international war of words

View in iTunes Watch event here. By Nicole Green Far from approaching domestic or international equilibrium, Iran is instead facing further instability and a worsening human rights record following on from the Presidential election which shook the nation last June. That was just one of the conclusions the audience took away from a lively debate […]

June 2, 2010

Full video: Watch our comedy night with Ivor Demina

We tackle serious issues at the Frontline: war, politics, reporting and the future of news. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have a laugh. After the success of Jane Bussman’s one-woman comedy show in April (which you can still watch for a small fee through our partners, last night we invited Ivor Dembina to […]

May 30, 2010

Fatima Bhutto speaks out against Pakistan’s digital liberty crackdown

By Gouri Sharma Fatima Bhutto has criticised authorities in Pakistan for cutting off access to Facebook earlier this month. Bhutto used her appearance at the Frontline Club on Wednesday to highlight wh she things th the government was wrong to ban access to social networking sites for containing what it has called "blasphemous" content. If […]