FT Editor Roula Khalaf To Give 2022 Hugh Cudlipp Lecture

The editor of the Financial Times Roula Khalaf will give the 2022 Hugh Cudlipp Lecture, the first time the lecture has been given since the coronavirus lockdowns.

The annual Cudlipp Lecture was created and named in memory of the late Lord Cudlipp, the former editorial director of the Daily Mirror, a past President of the London Press Club and one of the pioneers of 20th century popular tabloid journalism.

Hosted by the London Press Club and sponsored by the Daily Mirror and Cision Ltd, the lecture gives a platform for a high-profile media professional to address key developments and issues in today’s news business.

Previous lecturers have included Robert Peston, George Osborne, James Harding, Kevin Maguire, James Naughtie, Emily Bell, David Walsh, Sir Harold Evans, Jon Snow, Lionel Barber, Alan Rusbridger, Rebekah Wade, Alastair Campbell, Paul Dacre, Andrew Marr, Lord Grade, Felicity Green, Piers Morgan, Geoffrey Goodman, Derek Jameson, Bob Edwards and Peter Carter Ruck.

The lecture will take place at the Royal Over-Seas League at Six Park Place, St James’s, London on 4 May from 7pm.

Entries are now open for the Hugh Cudlipp Student Award 2022. The winner will be announced and receive cheque prize on the evening of the lecture.

Daily Mirror editor Alison Philips, who has taken over as chair of the Cudlipp Lecture trustees, said: “The Mirror is delighted to be supporting the Hugh Cudlipp annual lecture this year. Cudlipp was a legendary editor whose influence on our work remains to this day. We look forward to strengthening our links with the annual lecture and the student award over years to come.”

London Press Club chairman Doug Wills, who is a Cudlipp Lecture trustee, said he was particularly delighted that such a high-calibre speaker as Roula Khalaf was giving this year’s lecture. “With a history of such eminent speakers the lecture would just not have been the same as a virtual event. We decided to wait until it could be an in-person event – as it always has been – and we expect a capacity audience.”

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