An Arts Richmond Event
War and the Death of News by Martin Bell
Wednesday 22 November 2017
Duke Street Church
War and the Death of News is the story of Bell's career as a war correspondent and political irregular.
Martin Bell has had a long career with the BBC as a war correspondent, covering every theatre of modern war you could name and encountering hideous experiences as well as extraordinary risks at times when many of his colleagues were being killed in the pursuit of accurate news. His experience in the field has made him question how far television news bulletins, especially 24 hour rolling news, get to the truth of what is actually happening, whether because of undue sensitivity or self-censorship or shoddy reporting and editing.
His disenchantment with broadcasting and the state of politics led to his standing successfully for Paliament as an independent MP, prepared to stand up and challenge authority, of whatever party, when he believed the public was being misinformed.
War and the Death of News is the story of Bell's career as a war correspondent and political irregular, telling not just of his wars but of his battles with his editors when he fought to broadcast what he saw as the truth, with the sobering conclusion that, with the impending collapse of mentored news services through newspapers and broadcasting, we are facing the death of informed news, a disaster for our society.
Martin Bell will be in conversation with television presenter, broadcaster and journalist John Stapleton.
Great value tickets: £12 and (£10 cons). Box Office opens 2nd October.
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