Frontline Staff

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 […]

May 26, 2010

Lindsey Hilsum on the passion and idealism of journalism

Download this episode View in iTunes By Nicole Green Live-streaming a phone call to Israeli authorities while standing on the rubble of Palestinian homes, or reporting on the victims of genocide in Rwanda, where women care for the families who murdered their own, are experiences few journalists can count in their reporting history. But that […]

May 20, 2010

The Times paywall is just the start – but will readers pay?

Pic credit: Chris King By Patrick Smith One way to boost newspaper revenues as print circulation and advertising revenues fall through the floor is to charge readers to read stuff online. The only problem is: will a generation that has grown up with free news content – that believes in a free web – cough […]

May 19, 2010

Will Apple save the news business? Apps, iPads, paywalls and how to make money from news

View in iTunes There’s no shortage of news around at the moment, but is anyone making anyone any money from it? As the print-based media come to terms with a shrinking advertising market and a promiscuous digital audience, many are looking to high-end devices such as Apple’s iPhone and iPad, which touches down in Britain […]

May 19, 2010

Inconvenient timing: Selling the climate change story after climategate

While last autumn’s climategate scandal has not completely decimated the public’s belief in global warming, campaigners and scientists need to reach out to unconventional audiences and getter better at communicating the facts if they want to tell – and sell – the climate change story. That was the consensus at last night’s Frontline Club discussion […]

May 13, 2010

What would Orwell say? How the web is championing top quality journalism

For all the scaremongering, hand-wringing and hair-pulling that has taken place over the last few years, the state of journalism is in fact alive and well and even aided by the internet revolution. But anyone at Wednesday’s Frontline event with three writers shortlisted for the Orwell Prize could see that great stories still can and […]

May 12, 2010

Special event: Orwell Prize journalism event – an evening with three shortlisted writers

Download this episode View in iTunes Please note the new start time for this event of 7.30pm. Speakers on the night include Mail on Sunday reporter Peter Hitchens; Guardian social affairs reporter Amelia Gentleman and freelancer John Arlidge, who writes for the Sunday Times. With our chair Paddy O’Connell, the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s […]

May 10, 2010

What now for the climate change debate?

This discussion is in association with the Global Campaign for Climate Action and Communications INC By Camilla Hedborg Our discussion on Tuesday 18 May will be devoted to the issue of climate change and asking what challenges are ahead for campaigners and the media. After a UK election where climate change played so little part […]

May 7, 2010

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

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 and more information on that event […]

May 5, 2010

First Wednesday Pre-election Special: Is this really a ‘change’ election or just more of the same?

Download this episode View in iTunes Pic credit: Chris King, Kat Banyard and Ivor Gaber at the Frontline. By Patrick Smith If there’s one word the British people probably don’t want to hear any more, it’s change. But – bear with us – with less than 12 hours to go before the polls close, the […]

May 4, 2010

Pre-Election Night Special at the Frontline Club

View in iTunes           On  the eve of polling day, First Wednesday will be an opportunity to discuss some of the issues that have come up – or haven’t – during this election campaign. We’ve had TV debates, "Cleggmania" and a hung parliament remains a possibility but how much does the […]

May 4, 2010

Orwell Prize event: read our profiles of Peter Hitchens, Amelia Gentleman and John Arlidge

The annual Orwell Prize rewards journalists who most closely follow George Orwell’s aim of making “political writing into an art”. And it’s that art we’ll be celebrating on Wednesday 12 May at an exclusive panel discussion with three writers shortlisted for this year’s prize. Here we look at the life and work of our special […]

April 30, 2010

Watch Jane Bussmann live at the Frontline Club on Fora TV

Comedian, scriptwriter and journalist Jane Bussmann at the Frontline Club for a special one-off comedy night.

April 27, 2010

Climategate: Trust in climate science under the microscope

  When Al Gore’s film An Inconvenient Truth was released in 2006, global warming and climate change were at the top of the news agenda around the world. Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) were rewarded with the Nobel Peace Price for "their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about […]

April 23, 2010

Nick Clegg rides Sky high: The second leaders’ debate

View in iTunes While there were no definitive answers on Trident, Iran, or immigration at last night’s second televised leaders’ debate, one thing is for sure: it was an entertaining night of political theatre as Britain’s three vying political leaders grappled with foreign policy and the new televised format. The Frontline Club screened the second […]