Live ‘hackgate’ debate to mark launch of new book on the state of British journalism

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Friday 27 January 2012

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Coventry University is inviting the public to join a panel of prominent media figures for a no-holds-barred debate on the state of British journalism following the phone hacking scandal.

As the Leveson Inquiry continues to investigate the culture, practice and ethics of the UK press, this unique event – which will take place at Coventry University’s London Campus on Tuesday 7th February – brings together a host of journalists and media activists to discuss the controversy and answer questions from the audience.

Legendary media commentator Raymond Snoddy will chair the debate and will introduce a panel of veteran journalists including Kevin Marsh, former Today programme editor; Richard Peppiatt, recovering tabloid journalist; Bob Satchwell, executive director of the Society of Editors; journalist and author, Glenda Cooper, and Paul Connew, former deputy editor of the Daily Mirror and the News of the World.

The event will also mark the launch of a provocative new book – The Phone Hacking Scandal: Journalism on Trial? – which presents over 30 chapters of lively insight and expert commentary on the hacking saga from professional journalists and top academics.

Co-edited by John Mair of Coventry University and Professor Richard Keeble of the University of Lincoln, the new ‘hackademic’ text promises to present a fresh perspective on the biggest scandal to hit the UK press for decades.

Contributors include, amongst others, Richard Peppiatt, who sensationally quit the Daily Star in a fury over its alleged Islamophobic agenda, Brian Cathcart, professor of journalism at Kingston University and founder of the Hacked Off campaign, and John Lloyd, contributing editor for the Financial Times and director of journalism at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford.

John Mair, senior lecturer in broadcast journalism at Coventry University, said:

It was always the intention for this book to be ahead of the curve in providing cutting edge commentary on the Leveson Inquiry, and I think in pulling together such a wide range of expert opinion and perspectives on the hacking scandal, it will make a significant impact on and contribution to the ongoing investigations into the saga.

This public debate on hackgate will provide a live, interactive introduction to the book. Many of its contributors will be present on the discussion panel, so it’s the perfect way to get people involved and talking about what is undoubtedly a seminal period for British journalism. Coventry University is thrilled to be hosting such an event.

The debate will take place from 6pm on Tuesday 7 February at Coventry University’s London Campus, and everyone is welcome to attend. Tickets cost £5 for students, £8 for Media Society members and £10 for everyone else.

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For further information or to arrange a press pass for the event, please contact Alex Roache, External Press & Media Relations Officer, Coventry University, on +44 (0)24 7679 5050 or email