Getting only two votes for the FIFA World Cup came as a big surprise. So is there something wrong with our sports reporting? Are we better at reporting what happens on the pitch than what goes on behind the scenes and does patriotism cloud our journalistic judgement? In the run up to the Olympics a panel of Britain's leading experts will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of sports reporting.
PanelTom Bower, WriterAndrew Jennings, Reporter, PanoramaRoger Mosey, BBC Director London 2012 Ashling O'Connor, Sports News & Olympics Correspondent, The TimesChairRt Hon Tessa Jowell MP, Shadow Minister for the OlympicsGetting only two votes for the FIFA World Cup came as a big surprise. So is there something wrong with our sports reporting? Are we better at reporting what happens on the pitch than what goes on behind the scenes and does patriotism cloud our journalistic judgement? In the run up to the Olympics a panel of Britain’s leading experts will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of sports reporting.Tom Bower won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award for Broken Dreams, an investigation into corruption in English football. A former television producer, his books include highly critical unauthorised biographies of Robert Maxwell, Mohamed Al-Fayed, Gordon Brown and Richard Branson. His biography No Angel - The Secret Life of Bernie Ecclestone will be published in February.Andrew Jennings books include The Lord of the Rings, Power, Money & Drugs in the Modern Olympics; The New Lords of the Rings: Olympic Corruption and How to Buy Gold Medals; FOUL! The Secret World of FIFA: Bribes, Vote-Rigging and Ticket Scandals. Since 2006 he has made a number of Panoramas on International football corruption, most recently FIFA’s Dirty Secrets in November 2010. Andrew won a Royal Television Society award for his Channel 4 News investigation on Olympic corruption in 2000.Roger Mosey joined the BBC in 1980. He has been editor of Radio 4’s Today Programme, Head of TV News, Controller of BBC Radio Five Live, and Head of Sport. He is currently BBC Director London 2012. He has been associated with a number of Royal Television Society awards for journalism – including News Programme of the Year for Newsnight (2002) and the Ten O’Clock News (2004).Ashling O'Connor is sports news correspondent for The Times and has worked for the newspaper for nearly nine years. During that time, she has covered the business of sport and the Olympics and has covered large sporting events such as the World Cup, the Ryder Cup, the Open and Wimbledon. She was also posted to India for two years as a foreign correspondent. Prior to joining The Times, she was at the Financial Times for four years as media correspondent. Tessa Jowell is a former Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport (2001-2007) and went on to retain her Olympics portfolio as Paymaster General and Minister for London. Tessa is currently Shadow Minister for the Olympics.Please join us afterwards for a complimentary drink.Tuesday 18 January 20116:30pm – 8:00pmCavendish Conference Centre22 Duchess Mews, London, W1G 9DTAll Tickets £12.50Please note that bookings will only be accepted as a telephoned/faxed credit card booking or in writing accompanied by payment. Places are NOT confirmed and tickets will not be issued until payment is received. All tickets are non-refundable.Booking a TicketPlease return this booking form to: Events Department, Royal Television SocietyKildare House, 3 Dorset Rise, London, EC4Y 8ENTel: 020 7822 2820 Fax: 020 7822 2811 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Bower, Andrew Jennings, Roger Mosey, Ashling O'Connor with Chair Rt Hon Tessa Jowell MP
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