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Topical Tuesdays – Media and News in the Digital Age – How does news reporting affect political positioning? – with James Max, OP 1983-88

04 MAY 2021


Zoom Webinar

Ahead of the forthcoming London Mayoral Elections James Max, OP will discuss how the Media covers news events. How do they decide what they’ll talk about and who are the players in the marketplace? Just as Sky News changed our news landscape, we are about to see another seismic change with the launch of GB News as well as the launch of a news service from the owners of TalkRADIO, News UK. As more of us get our news from the internet, how does this affect what we think, drive politics and social attitudes, and are news organisations a force for good in a world where anyone and everyone, it seems, can have a voice? Has the pandemic changed how we consume news, how we make political decisions, and will we ever get back to working five days a week in an office?

James Max is a broadcaster, columnist and business advisor. He presents the Early Breakfast Show on TalkRADIO every weekday morning. He also writes two monthly columns for the Financial Times – ‘Rich People’s Problems’ and ‘On The Market’ – and a regular property column for Spectator Life. He’s a regular panellist on The Jeremy Vine Show on Channel 5. He has presented topical radio shows for the past 15 years on LBC, TalkSPORT and BBC Radio London. With numerous TV appearances on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky News he’s a regular fixture on the UK’s mainstream media.

After SPS he studied Land Management at The University of Reading and began his career in real estate becoming a director of DTZ (now Cushman & Wakefield), before joining Morgan Stanley’s investment banking team and then into private equity as a principal of a leading UK house. He’s also served as a UK Board Member for BNP Paribas Real Estate. Away from the media he advises a range of companies on communication and strategic issues. An advisor to Stanhope PLC (the Central London developer) since 2013 on a range of issues and schemes, ranging from Television Centre to White City Place whilst assisting the firm on their corporate strategy. He’s due to become a non-executive director of Bridgewater Place, a single asset REIT to be listed on the International Property Stock Exchange and has advised TopHat, a Goldman Sachs owned company that’s at the forefront of residential modular design and construction. He’s a trustee and on the governing Council of the Royal Albert Hall, Chairman of the Frinton-on-Sea Lawn Tennis Club and a committee member of the Ultimate News Quiz, a charity raising event founded by Martha Kearney and Dame Anne Jenkin.

Away from work, he’s a keen skier, music and live events enthusiast, a bit of a petrol head, lover of the seaside and has two dogs that keep him walked and exercised.

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