Institute for Policy Research

James Purnell, Director, Radio & Education, BBC in Conversation with Professor Nick Pearce

Wed Jun 21 12:24:00 BST 2017

Time: 5.15pm - 6.45pm

Venue: 8 West 1.1

Speaker: James Purnell, Director, Radio & Education, BBC

Audience: This is a ticketed event, and is open to all with free registration in advance. Register for your free ticket here.

The BBC's new mandate is "to act in the public interest, serving all audiences with impartial, high-quality and distinctive media content and services that inform, educate and entertain." How should it fulfil this mandate in an era of "fake news" and "post-truth"? How can it best serve democratic debate – informing and educating, as well as entertaining the public? What does the British in BBC mean in the Brexit era? And how are digital technologies transforming the media, as well as political, landscape?

To discuss these issues and many more, the IPR welcomes James Purnell, Director of Radio and Education at the BBC, in conversation with Professor Nick Pearce. 

Biography: James first worked at the BBC in the 1990s, as Head of Corporate Planning. He had previously been a research fellow on IPPR's media project, and before that was a strategy consultant in media and telecommunications at Hydra Associates.

He left the BBC to be Special Adviser on the Knowledge Economy, including Internet and broadcasting policy, to Tony Blair after he became Prime Minister.

He was elected Member of Parliament for Stalybridge and Hyde, before becoming Secretary of State for Culture and then for Work and Pensions. He resigned from the government in June 2009, and stood down from Parliament at the 2010 Election.

James then held roles as a Senior Producer at Rare Day, an independent production company and an adviser to the Boston Consulting Group.

James returned to the BBC in 2013 as Director of Strategy and Digital, where he was responsible for developing the BBC’s strategy in the run up to Charter Review.

He took up the role of Director of Radio & Education in October 2016.

Ticket information: all attendees must register for a free ticket via Eventbrite. We expect this to be a popular event, and entry will be by ticket only; please bring a physical or digital copy of your ticket on the evening.