Lionel Barber to Receive Prestigious Accolade from The Media Society 

The Editor of the Financial Times will be honoured in a star-studded dinner ceremony on 28 February, as part of a special programme of events celebrating The Media Society's 45th anniversary.

Lionel Barber, the Editor of the Financial Times, is to receive The Media Society Annual Award for his outstanding contribution to financial journalism at The Millennium Hotel, Mayfair on February 28, 2018, in front of a host of recognised media personalities, political figures and special guests.

Our host and speakers for the evening will be:
Host: Stephanie Flanders, Senior Executive Editor for Economics and Head of Bloomberg Economics and with guest speakers Sir Peter Bazalgette, Executive Chairman of ITV and President of the Royal Television Society; The Rt. Hon. Sir Nick Clegg, former Deputy Prime Minister, and former Leader of the Liberal Democrats; Dame Carolyn McCall DBE, CEO ITV; Sarah Sands, Editor of the Today programme on BBC Radio 4; and Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO WPP plc.

A Decorated Career

Barber has enjoyed a decorated career in journalist, being appointed as Editor of the Financial Times in 2005 after 20 years at the company, following roles at The Scotsman, The Washington Post & The Sunday Times.

A graduate of Oxford University, he was named Young Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards 1981, at just 26 years of age. As Editor of The Financial Times, he has interviewed several of the world’s leading personalities in business and politics, including Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Angela Merkel & Hassan Rouhani.

During his time as the news organisation’s European Editor, he was asked to brief US President George W Bush ahead of his first visit to Europe. In 2016, the journalist received France’s highest military and civil award – a Chevalier in the 2016 Légion d’Honneur – for his “contribution to high quality journalism”.

The award was launched by the late Russell Twisk – the editor of The Listener – who presented it to its first recipient Alistair Cooke in 1990.

Barber will join the likes of Sir David Attenborough, David Dimbleby, Dame Ann Leslie, Sir David Frost, Dame Jenni Murray, Sir Michael Parkinson, Jeremy Paxman, Clare Balding & founding member Sir Harold Evans as winners of the prestigious accolade, which will be presented as part of a special programme of events celebrating the organisation’s 45th anniversary next year.

You can now book tickets here.

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