The Salford Lectures: Clive Jones CBE – “Is it a disaster if it does not make the Ten O'clock News?”

Wednesday 19 February 2014 6.00pm - Wednesday 19 February 2014 7.30pm
Venue: The University of Salford, MediaCityUK, Salford, M50 2HE
Event Type: Public Lectures
Clive Jones

Clive Jones is one of UK broadcasting’s most respected figures. Having spent more than 40 years in journalism and television, he was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Television Society in 1995 and in 2007 was given the Society’s highest award the Gold Medal. The same year saw him awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his outstanding contribution to broadcasting.

Clive is chairman of a number of organisations including Netplay (the AIM listed interactive television company) and Pro Cam, one of Britain’s largest television facilities companies. He also chairs Energetic Communications, the New York Marketing and Events Company and he advises S4C, the Welsh public service broadcaster.

During his television career, Clive has been CEO of three major ITV companies, including Central and Carlton, and he chaired GMTV. After taking the Carlton Television group into the merger with Granada to form ITV plc, he became Chief Executive of ITV News and Regions.

For three years Clive has chaired the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), the umbrella organisation that unites all the UK’s leading aid and humanitarian agencies. The DEC is a remarkable organisation that in the 21st century alone has raised more than £1 billion to ease suffering in the wake of the Asian tsunami, the Pakistani floods, the Haiti earthquake, the East African famine and, more recently, the refugee crisis in Syria and surrounding countries.

The DEC’s latest appeal, following the devastation caused by the typhoon in the Philippines, raised more than £78 million. Of the DEC, Clive says: “It is a very British institution, which is complex, [but] has forged strong relationships of trust between the media, banks, telecom companies and the public.”

In this thought-provoking lecture Clive will reflect on 50 years of the Disasters Emergency Committee and the unique collaboration between the 14 leading British humanitarian aid organisations, the media and the British public – a partnership that has had an immediate and direct impact on the lives of millions of vulnerable people facing the most challenging situations imaginable.

The University of Salford is proud to support vital research that has contributed to disaster resilience worldwide. Our Centre for Disaster Resilience (CDR) is a multi-disciplinary centre committed to improving the ability of countries and communities to plan for, and recover from, natural and man-made disasters.

This Salford-based research is leading to a reduction in the vulnerability of communities world-wide to the threat posed by hazards of both natural and human origin. CDR’s research has resulted in better-informed and more socially inclusive public policy-making towards development of a disaster resilient built environment.

The research has shaped a global United Nations campaign, contributed exponentially to the development of resources to enhance professional practice in the sector, including post-disaster reconstruction programme’s and led the development of new partnerships in Europe & Asia.

Admission: Free

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