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The James Cameron Memorial Lecture series has been running since 1987. Speakers and topics for each year are listed below.

James Cameron Memorial Lectures
YearSpeakerLecture title
2016Gideon RachmanForeign reporting in the age of globalisation
2015Gary YoungeDemocratic Inbalance:Who Decides What’s News?
2014Christine Ockrent Journalism's new risks and new rewards
2013Robert Peston, BBC Business EditorAddicts, establishment lickspittles and paranoid monomaniacs
2012N. Ram, former Editor-in-Chief, The Hindu and Group publicationsSharing the best and the worst: The Indian news media in a global context
2011Wadah Khanfar, former Director-General, Al Jazeera NetworkJournalism and a world in transition
2010Leonard Downie Jr, Vice-President-At-Large, Washington PostThe new news
2009Joan Bakewell, broadcasterThe keeper of the flame: morality and the media
2008Sir Max HastingsIn praise of newspapers: a love affair with print
2007Roger Graef, OBE, Chief Executive, Films of RecordPublic service broadcasting in the digital age
2006Baroness Helena Kennedy, QCLiberty - the first casualty in the war on terrorism
2005Bill Bryson, writerNotes from all over
2004Greg Dyke, former Director-General, BBCBroadcasters and politicians
2003(No lecture) 
2002Jenny AbramskyThe future of radio
2001Tony BennThe media and the political process
2000Peter Hennessy, Queen MaryAccelerated history? Open government, Whitehall and the press since 1945
1999John HumphrysPandering to populism
1998Studs TerkelThe journalist in flesh and blood
1997Alan RusbridgerThe freedom of the press, and other platitudes
1996Roy HattersleyThe unholy alliance: the relationship between MPs and the press
1995Jeremy IsaacsThe reporter's victories
1994John TusaProgrammes or products: the management ethos and creative values
1993Michael GradeViolence and responsibility
1992Tom BowerRobert Maxwell: a very British experience
1991Godfrey Hodgson, Foreign Editor, The IndependentTruth, journalism and the Gulf
1990Liz Forgan, Director of Programmes, Channel 4Freedom of expression: the worm in the bud
1989Louis Blom-Cooper, Chair, Press CouncilThe right to be left alone
1988Denis Forman, GranadaHow many miles to Babylon?
1987Ben Bradlee, Executive Editor, Washington PostWhy governments lie