The Sun famously took the credit for the unexpected Conservative victory in 1992 – but will newspapers be able to claim the same influence for this May’s election? That’s the question the Journalists’ Charity and the London Press Club will ask in a debate this March.
Chaired by ITV News political editor Tom Bradby, Election 2015: Can it still be the Sun wot wins it? takes place at the Telegraph offices on March 5 at 6.30pm for 7pm.
With the ‘big three’ parties polling at record lows and traditionally smaller parties enjoying record popularity, what role will the media have as the nation decides? Most national newspapers have seen circulation fall since the last election, while the impact of online and social media continues to increase.
The panel will include: Trevor Kavanagh, political editor of The Sun for two decades and now associate editor; Sky News political correspondent Anushka Asthana; Peter Kellner, YouGov president and former journalist; and Times political columnist Rachel Sylvester.
London Press Club chair Doug Wills said: “Only one thing is certain about the next few months: it will be the most absorbing political battleground for decades. The London Press Club is delighted to be able to join with the Journalists’ Charity in providing this fascinating forum. We are sure to get a valuable insiders’ view from the panel of top journalists and pollsters.”
New Journalists’ Charity chair Sue Ryan added: “The LPC have supported us for ten years with the ball, and after out 150th anniversary we plan this year to organise events with them using our ambassadors. It is partly about funds which we badly need, but also about increasing awareness within media organisations. It used to be pretty automatic to join what was then the Press Fund when you joined a paper, but that no longer happens. Trevor Kavanagh is an ambassador for the charity and we are grateful to the other speakers for saying yes straight away, and to the Telegraph for agreeing to host what we hope will be the first of several such topical events.”
Tickets for the event, which include a drink on arrival, are available here: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/journalists-charity-in-association-with-the-london-press-club-election-debate-tickets-15439059643 at £10 for Press Club and Journalists’ Charity members, £15 for non-members and £5 for students. Proceeds go to the Journalists’ Charity.
Founded in 1864 as the Newspaper Press Fund, today the Journalists’ Charity is the leading provider of charitable help to journalists working in all branches of the media.
The event is the latest in a series of London Press Club events held at exclusive venues across the capital on topics including paywalls, regulation and social media, with Andrew Neil, Sarah Sands, Damian McBride and Alan Rusbridger among the speakers.