Wolfson College, Linton Rd, Oxford
Friday, 18 May 2012 - 10:00am


Redirecting Fleet Street: Media Regulation and the Role of Law

Since Edmund Burke coined the expression "€˜the Fourth Estate"€™, the media has been seen to play a crucial role in uncovering the truth and holding the powerful to account.

Today, the influence of multinational media empires and the phone hacking scandal have seen the press themselves become the focus of questions about accountability and responsibility. Print journalism faces a crisis of credibility and competitive viability, but also, an opportunity for self-reflection and reform for the twenty-first century.

This panel discussion will bring together media experts, lawyers, and policymakers in order to examine ongoing attempts to devise a new framework for media regulation in the light of the phone-hacking scandal and the competitive pressures of the evolving media landscape.


Mark Stephens CBE, lawyer specializing in media law and regulation, representing phone hacking victims

Baroness Onora O'Neill, Crossbench peer and political philosopher

George Brock, Professor and Head of Journalism, City University London, former Managing Editor of The Times

Martin Moore, Director, Media Standards Trust

Damian Tambini, Senior Lecturer, Department of Media and Communications, LSE

Lara Fielden, Visiting Fellow, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, formerly of BBC News and Ofcom