Philip Geddes Memorial Lecture 2021


Mark Thompson
Mark Thompson cr: Jake Chessum/Supervision for The New York Times


The Principal and Fellows of St Edmund Hall, and The Trustees of the Philip Geddes Memorial Prize are pleased to invite you to the 2021 Philip Geddes Memorial Lecture.

Event Details

Mark Thompson, former CEO of The New York Times Company and former Director-General of the BBC, will speak on:

‘The Lie in the Machine: Truth, Big Tech and the Limits of Free Speech’

This lecture will be hosted online.

About the Speaker

Mark Thompson stepped down as President & CEO at The New York Times Company in the summer of 2020 after an eight-year tenure in which the 170-year-old news brand was transformed into a digital powerhouse. Digital subscribers jumped to nearly 6 million, up from half a million when he joined, while digital revenues topped $450 million at the end of 2019.

Mark’s appointment at The New York Times Company followed an eight-year term as Director General of the BBC. He is widely credited with expanding the BBC’s digital reach and overseeing development of the BBC iPlayer. He joined the BBC from Channel 4 where he was Chief Executive from 2002 to 2004. Before Channel 4 he held a series of senior posts at the BBC including Director of Television. His BBC career began as production trainee. He went on to edit several news programmes including The Nine O’clock News and Panorama before becoming Controller of BBC Two.

His book, “Enough Said: What’s Gone Wrong with the Language of Politics?” was published in the UK and US in September 2016.

He was educated at Stonyhurst College and Merton College, Oxford.


Registration is closed; however, you can watch the lecture live on YouTube. Please join us!


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