BBC boss comes to Lincoln for talk

Mark Thompson, BBC’s Director-General, will be in the city for a public talk at the University of Lincoln on Tuesday, May 8.

He is responsible for the corporation’s services across television, radio and online, and will eventually step down from his role at the end of the year.

In a conversation with the Lincoln School of Journalism’s Barnie Choudhury in front of a public audience, the talk will be a chance to gain a unique insight into the life and career of one of the most powerful men in the media.

Barnie said: “I will be asking Mark to remember some of the big stories and events in the BBC during his time as Director-General so it is sure to be a fascinating evening.”

Mark Thompson joined the BBC in 1979 as a production trainee.

He helped launch Watchdog and Breakfast Time, was an output editor on Newsnight, and was appointed Editor of the Nine O’Clock News in 1988 and of Panorama in 1990.

Mark Thompson was the BBC’s Director of National and Regional Broadcasting from 1999 to 2000. In 2000, he became the Director of Television.

He was also Chief Executive of Channel 4 from 2002 to 2004.

— The event starts at 6pm on May 8 in the university’s EMMTEC building on the main Brayford campus and refreshments will be served. Tickets are free; contact the University Events Office to reserve your place via email or call 01522 837100.