Jonathan Dimbleby confessed himself “astonished” by the recent outpouring of affection and regard for himself and for Radio 4’s Any Questions when he announced that he was stepping down as Chair of the programme after nearly thirty years.

He’s earned his place in the Radio 4 pantheon but his fascinating career spans far beyond BBC Radio. For many years, he was the face of in-depth journalism on ITV, competing with the BBC on its natural territory. He reported for, and then presented This Week, ITV’s influential current affairs series. His television documentary, The Unknown Famine, broke the story of the 1973 famine in Ethiopia and led to a record amount of aid being raised for the victims. Some claim his investigation contributed to the overthrow of Emperor Haile Selassie.

Jonathan has stuck to broadcasting law on impartiality over the decades, despite a personal passion for several controversial causes. Now released from that obligation, he talks to his old boss at the BBC, Helen Boaden, about his career, the changing face of broadcast journalism and what on earth is happening in British politics.

Join him in conversation with the former Controller of Radio 4, Helen Boaden at The University Women’s Club, 2 Audley Square, Mayfair, London W1K 1DP.

Arrive 6.30 p.m. for 7 p.m. prompt start.

Tickets (for the speaking event):

  • £12.50 Members of The Media Society, Editorial Intelligence and The London Press Club
  • £12.50 Members of the Groucho Club
  • £17.50 Guests of Members
  • £20.00 Non-Members and their Guests
  • £7.50 Students

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