First Wednesday: The press, politicians and power – What will we learn from Leveson?

Talk May 2, 2012 7:00 PM

The relationship between the press and politicians is what is now under scrutiny at the Leveson Inquiry and the long-awaited testimony from Rupert and James Murdoch has unearthed a relationship that paints an uncomfortable picture for the government.

Following these latest revelations, hosted by BBC Radio 4’s Paddy O’Connell, we will be examining what we have heard and what the ramifications will be for politicians and the press.

We will be asking how much more will be unraveled and how far these relationships go. Will the release of this information lead to an end of cosy relationships between politicians, journalists and media proprietors?


Ben Fenton, chief media correspondent at the Financial Times. Twitter: @benfenton

Roy Greenslade, media commentator and Professor of journalism at London’s City University. He was editor of the Daily Mirror (1990-91), was managing editor (news) at the Sunday Times (1987-90) and assistant editor of The Sun (1981-86). Twitter: @GreensladeR

Peter Oborne, the Daily Telegraph‘s chief political commentator.

Paul Staines, better known as “Guido Fawkes” of the eponymous Guido Fawkes’ blog. Twitter: @GuidoFawkes

Thais Portilho-Shrimpton, a journalist and co-ordinator of the Hacked Off campaign. Twitter: @Selkie

Picture credit: Leveson Inquiry