Tony Gallagher, Siobhan Kennedy, David Hencke and Peter Jukes are our panellists
By Mark Watts | 24 August 2015
The debates will alternate between media-focussed issues and subject areas that have been covered by Exaro
Exaro is to hold a panel debate in September on: “Did the media ever hold power to account?”
As questions over the effectiveness of the media in holding power to account fall ever sharper into focus, I shall be chairing what promises to be a fascinating debate with journalists who have absolutely been at the frontline of it.
The panellists lined up for the inaugural Exaro debate are:
- Tony Gallagher, deputy editor of the Daily Mail and former editor of The Daily Telegraph;
- Siobhan Kennedy, business editor of Channel 4 News;
- David Hencke, of Exaro and former Westminster correspondent of The Guardian;
- Peter Jukes, author of ‘Beyond Contempt: the inside story of the phone-hacking trial’.
The panellists will make some opening comments to kick off the debate. But much of the time will be for questions to the panel from the audience.
MPs’ expenses, tax-avoiding corporations and phone hacking – as well as the ‘Westminster paedophile network’ – are all likely to feature in the debate given the panellists’ areas of expertise.
The debate, which will be filmed, is to be followed by a drinks reception, where you will have the chance to meet members of the Exaro team over a glass of wine.
It is to be the first in a quarterly series of Exaro panel debates. They will alternate between media-focussed issues and subject areas covered by Exaro.
The event will be on the evening of Wednesday, September 23 in Fleet Street, near our office, at a fantastic venue to be announced. Guests will be asked to arrive by 6pm, in time for the debate to start at 6.30pm sharp. It will finish at 7.30pm, when it will be time for drinks.
Exaro has enjoyed huge success with big stories, for example on:
- senior civil servants who were able to avoid tax by working off-payroll;
- an admission by Rupert Murdoch on a secret recording that he was aware that some of his newspaper journalists were paying bribes;
- the ‘Westminster paedophile network’, in a series of disclosures that have sent shock waves through the UK establishment.
Exaro often works with mainstream media, running exclusive stories in tie-ups with newspapers and television programmes – in the UK and overseas.
And last weekend saw a report by Weltspiegel on German TV’s ARD channel.
In recent months, Exaro has been recovering around a fifth of its costs from revenue generated by editorial sales, which have massively surpassed all expectations.
The panel debates are aimed at helping Exaro to raise its profile even higher. We will continue to make a huge and positive impact as we deliver excellent, investigative journalism, reporting the news that someone somewhere wants to suppress. And, yes, journalism that holds power to account.