Best of British: Any Questions to the Broadcasters – final panel announced

Press Release: 03/05/2012

Best of British Festival

Winchester City Council has announced the cast list for the opening event in Winchester’s Best of British Festival and with Michael Grade, Lindsey Hilsum, Martin Bell and Peter Sissons, the line up features some of Britain’s most influential broadcasters.

Michael Grade has been Director of Programmes at London Weekend Television and the BBC, Chief Executive of Channel Four, Chairman of the BBC Trust, and the Executive Chairman of ITV.

Martin Bell was a foreign affairs correspondent for the BBC for thirty years, covering conflicts in many countries and was seriously wounded during his reporting from Bosnia; an updated version of his reflections on those years called ‘In Harm’s Way’ has just been re-released.

Lindsey Hilsum is the International Editor for Channel Four News, and has just published ‘Sandstorm: Libya in the Time of Revolution’.

Peter Sissons was successively an ITN Correspondent, the first presenter of Channel 4 News, then one of the main presenters of the BBC Evening News.

On May 25 they will be answering questions from the public on what makes British broadcasting the best in the world, as well as commenting on what they regard as some of its mistakes. The event will be followed by a book-signing.

Ellen Simpson, Winchester City Council’s Head of Tourism said,

Due to the high calibre of the panel, we are encouraging ticket holders to submit their questions in writing using the online form on the homepage of before May 25, so that we can select a broad spectrum of questions to put to this distinguished panel of broadcasters. This promises to be a thought-provoking opening to the Festival, and we expect a capacity audience for it, so we advise booking without delay."

Tickets, priced £10, are on sale at the Theatre Royal Box Office: 01962 840 440.