Talks

June 28, 2010 7:00 PM

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 23, 2010 7:00 PM

FULLY BOOKED Bosnia: will the peace deal hold?

Join us at the Frontline Club with Paddy Ashdown (Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon GCMG, KBE, PC), High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina 2002 -2006; Allan Little, BBC correspondent in Former Yugoslavia 1991 – 1995 and Kemal Pervanic, founder trustee of Most Mira, survivor of the Omarska concentration camp and author of The Killing Days: My Journey through the Bosnian War.


June 21, 2010

North Korea: Behind the iron curtain

North Korea is once again in the spot light, but what lies behind the borders of this most secretive of countries? Join us at the Frontline Club with an expert panel to discuss the implications of recent events, the role and responsibility of the international community and what life is like for those living in North Korea.


June 16, 2010 7:00 PM

Climate change: is the Coalition up to the challenge of the next five years?

What are the new UK Government’s policies on climate change and how do they match up to the global challenges of the next five years? Join us at the Frontline Club for the second in this series of discussions in association in with Communications INC that will look at the Coalition government’s policies and the challenges that lie ahead during the new Parliament’s fixed term.


June 15, 2010 7:00 PM

What now for the digital economy?

Frontline’s debate, The Digital Economy Act: Changing the Habits of a Generation will focus on where the act will go now with a coalition government: will tough piracy and copyright measures survive? What of the promise of 2Mbps broadband for all? The Labour peer, film producer and former CEO of Columbia Pictures Lord Puttnam, who introduced several amendments to the Bill in the Lords debates, will be joined in the discussion by Conservative peer, Lord Lucas, who tabled several of the Bill’s most radical amendments.


June 9, 2010 7:00 PM

In the Picture with Daniel Schwartz: Central Asia, the hinterland of war

Daniel Schwartz has travelled and documented the Central Asian republics since the early years of their independence from the Soviet Union. His artistic book about the region Travelling Through the Eye of History captures the ancient allure of the old Silk Roads and the modern-day realities from Xinjiang province to the Caspian Sea, via Afghanistan. This event will be moderated by Steppe magazine associate editor Mitchell Albert.


June 8, 2010 7:00 PM

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 2, 2010 7:00 PM

First Wednesday: Iran, democracy and an international war of words

Join us for another of our First Wednesday discussions: lively public meetings that bring together experts and commentators and mix their views with contributions from our audience. We’ll be discussing the domestic and international challenges facing modern Iran.


May 27, 2010 7:00 PM

Modern Warfare: what are the new rules for war and peace?

Can violence be used to stop the tribal, ethnic and religious conflicts that have flared up in cities around the world? What can be done once counter-insurgency has run its course in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and beyond?


May 26, 2010 7:00 PM

FULLY BOOKED Insight with Fatima Bhutto

Fatima Bhutto, writer, political commentator and outspoken critic of Pakistan’s current regime will be at the Frontline Club in conversation with Owen Bennett-Jones, BBC Pakistan correspondent between 1998 and 2001 and author of Pakistan: Eye Of The Storm, to talk about her new book Songs of Blood and Sword and her vision for the future of Pakistan.


May 25, 2010 7:00 PM

Reflections: Lindsey Hilsum

In association with the BBC College of Journalism, the Frontline Club is bringing top journalists who are expert in their field and craft, to talk about their stories and the journalism that has shaped their careers. In the fifth of this inspiring new series Vin Ray, director of the BBC College of Journalism, will be in conversation with International Editor for Channel 4 News Lindsey Hilsum.


May 19, 2010 7:00 PM

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 18, 2010 7:00 PM

Climate Change: the forgotten crisis?

Join us at the Frontline Club for a discussion in association with Communications INC about the aftermath of “climategate” the roles played by science, politics and the media.


May 14, 2010 7:00 PM

In the Picture: The shocking truth about the sex trade with Dana Popa

Moldova is one of the main source countries for trafficking women and children, up to 10% of the female population are sold into prostitution abroad. Dana Popa will be speaking at the Frontline Club about the issues surrounding sex trafficking and her experiences as a photographer. Mark Sealy, director of Autograph-ABP will be moderating this event. Read more about this event on the Frontline Blog here: https://www.frontlineclub.com/blogs/theforum/2010/05/photographing-the-sex-trade.html


May 11, 2010 7:00 PM

FULLY BOOKED War and aid: does humanitarian intervention work?

What is the reality of the humanitarian aid industry and what impact is it having on the people at the receiving end? How is the money spent and is there enough accountability to make sure it is spent in the right way? Join us at the Frontline Club with Conor Foley author of Thin Blue Line: How Humanitarianism Went to War and Linda Polman author of War Games: The Story of Aid and War in Modern Times.


May 5, 2010 7:00 PM

First Wednesday: Pre-election night special – is this a “change” election?

Paddy O’Connell of BBC Radio 4’s Broadcasting House will be in the chair for another of our First Wednesday discussions. First Wednesdays are an opportunity to debate with experts and commentators on a wide range of issues from domestic politics to international affairs, climate change and economics.


Tuesday 20th April, 2010

Nigeria: violence, corruption and oil

With the Archbishop of Jos, Benjamin Kwashi;Dr Khataza Gondwe, Christian Solidarity Worldwide Sub Saharan Africa team leader; Michael Peel, former West Africa Correspondent now Legal Correspondent for the Financial Times and author of A Swamp Full of Dollars; Dr Abdul Raufu Mustapha, University Lecturer in African Politics and Kirk-Greene Fellow at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford; more tbc.
Moderated by Lindsey Hilsum, International Editor for Channel 4 News.


Friday 16th April, 2010

In the Picture: Haiti Earthquake with David Levene

The photographers behind the pictures taken in the aftermath of January’s earthquake in Haiti flocked to scenes of razed buildings and distraught victims. David Levene and Inigo Gilmore were among them. These accomplished Guardian journalists will be in conversation with the Guardian’s head of photography, Roger Tooth, about what the real images of the damage wrought by the Haiti earthquake are like, what is being censored out in the media and the role that photographers play in such tragedies.


Wednesday 7th April, 2010

First Wednesday: The “war on terror” are Russia and the West now on the same side?

Paddy O’Connell of BBC Radio 4’s Broadcasting House returns to his seat for another First Wednesday at the Frontline Club.
Like a public meeting, the emphasis of First Wednesday events is on discussion, bringing together experts and commentators on a wide range of issues with lots of opportunity to ask questions and contribute from the floor.


Tuesday 30th March, 2010

POSTPONED: Cabs for hire, lobbying and MPs with Dispatches journalist Antony Barnett

Can a government whose former ministers offer their influence for a few thousand a day expect to be re-elected? Or does Channel 4’s Dispatches investigation into cash-for-influence illustrate corruption that is across the political spectrum? Join us at the Frontline Club for a special event with Dispatches journalist Antony Barnett and producer and director of […]


Thursday 25th March, 2010

Kidnap and the media: blackouts, risks and strategies for reporters on the frontline

A panel will examine the strategies that have been used when a journalist has been kidnapped. When are media blackouts used and should the press observe them?


Wednesday 24th March, 2010

FULLY BOOKED On the Media: Is the age of celebrity-obsessed media coming to an end?

“Celebrities” have dominated news culture in the last decade and become a mini publishing industry all of their own. But, is this coming to an end?
Joining us for a discussion about the media’s relationship with fame, are comedian and former journalist Jane Bussman, Popbitch founder Camilla Wright, with more to be confirmed.


Thursday 18th March, 2010

FULLY BOOKED Insight with John Simpson: A free and independent press?

Veteran BBC foreign correspondent John Simpson will be at the Frontline Club on the eve of the publication of his new book Unreliable Sources examining the British press and its reporting of key events throughout history.


Tuesday 16th March, 2010

Timothy Garton Ash in conversation with Jon Snow

An opportunity to hear historian, political writer and columnist Timothy Garton Ash in conversation with Jon Snow, discussing the events of the past decade and the importance of facts.


Wednesday 10th March, 2010

In the Picture with Ed Kashi: Curse of the Black Gold

Ed Kashi is a US-based photojournalist and filmmaker whose work spans over 60 countries including Nigeria, Iraq and Afghanistan. In March’s In the Picture,Ed Kashi will explore his experiences as a photojournalist, focusing on his work in the Niger Delta.


Wednesday 3rd March, 2010

First Wednesday – Focus on Afghanistan and Operation Moshtarak

Paddy O’Connell of BBC Radio 4’s Broadcasting House will be in the chair for another of our First Wednesday discussions. First Wednesdays are an opportunity to debate with experts and commentators on a wide range of issues from domestic politics to international affairs, climate change and economics.


Wednesday 24th February, 2010

Special Event – Iraq: The media inquiry

View in iTunes As journalists, lawyers and peace activists – yet again – pore over the details of the Iraq invasion, isn’t it time to consider what role the media played in the conflict? Were reporters duped by Tony Blair’s “dodgy dossier”? And have they fairly reported the chaos and slow recovery of Iraq since […]


Tuesday 23rd February, 2010

Reflections: Richard Sambrook

On the eve of his departure from the BBC Richard Sambrook Director of the BBC’s Global News division will look back on 30 years of overseeing and producing coverage of the biggest news stories of recent times.


Tuesday 16th February, 2010

On the media: Digital election 2010

What difference will social media make to the election in 2010? How will news organisations and political parties make use of the web and what difference will the use of social media make to the traditions of reporting an election?


Wednesday 10th February, 2010

South Africa twenty years after Mandela walked to freedom

Twenty years after the release of Nelson Mandela the Frontline Club will be looking at how South Africa today compares with the hopes and dreams of that day in 1990 when he walked free after 27 years in prison.