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James Cameron Memorial Lecture 2013

BBC Economics Editor Robert Peston delivers prestigious annual journalism lecture and calls for a low-cost arbitration service to be available to anyone misrepresented by newspapers.
by Ben

nullA packed audience of students, academics and peers gathered at City University London tonight to hear the BBC's Economics Editor Robert Peston deliver the 2013 James Cameron Memorial Lecture.

During the course of an hour-long speech Mr Peston provided a reasoned criticism of royal-charter-based regulation of newspapers, examined the constructive elements of the relationship between press and BBC and called for a low-cost arbitration service for those traduced by newspapers.

Read a transcript of Mr Peston's speech

About the James Cameron Memorial Lecture

When James Cameron died in 1986, a Trust was set up in his memory to award an annual prize to a journalist whose work in the previous year had been "in the Cameron tradition". An annual memorial lecture was also established.

In the following 25 years, Cameron Award winners have included Michael Buerk, John Simpson, Bridget Kendall, Fergal Keane, Lindsay Hilsum and Gary Younge.

The James Cameron Memorial Lecture has been delivered by a distinguished group of speakers including Ben Bradlee, Michael Grade, Alan Rusbridger, Tony Benn, Greg Dyke and Sir Max Hastings.

Professor Hugh Stephenson organised the lectures and chaired the judging panel from the inaugural lecture in 1987 to 2010. From 2011 this was taken over jointly by Professor Howard Tumber and Professor George Brock.

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