Eve Pollard is a journalist and media commentator, and was only the second woman ever to edit a national newspaper. Eve enjoyed a ringside seat as a First Lady of Fleet Street – mixing with heroes, villains, Presidents and Prime Ministers. She also fronted TV coverage of the latest royal birth. Eve recalls how one interview with Mrs Thatcher went on for 28 minutes without her being able to ask a single question. Eve can justly be dubbed ‘the first lady of Fleet Street’ with a varied and colourful career that has seen her rise from junior reporter to editor in the male-dominated world of old-school newspaper journalism.
Eve Pollard: Early Career
Starting out in women’s magazines, Eve rose to edit both the Sunday Mirror and Sunday Express, as well as magazine supplements for many of the national Sunday papers. Returning to women’s titles she also launched Elle magazine in the US as its first editor-in-chief (1985).She also edited the Sunday magazine for the News of the World and the Mail on Sunday ‘You magazine’. Eve also enjoyed a short stint as features editor of TV-am in the early 80’s
Today, Eve is a regular reporter on BBC1’s The One Show. She also frequently appears on radio and TV from The News Quiz to You and Yours, This Morning to Have I Got News For You, Loose Women to the Daily Politics. Eve is also a published novelist and biographer.
A respected commentator on the media, its future, and its effects, Eve is a member of the Competition Commission’s Newspaper Takeover Panel. She also lectures in media studies at Bournemouth University, where she is a visiting fellow. Eve is an active supporter and campaigner for the promotion of women’s health, and is vice-chairman of the Wellbeing of Women charity.
In 1999 she was appointed as a member of the Competition Commission’s Newspaper Takeover Panel. She is a trustee of the women’s health charity Wellbeing of Women and was honoured in 2008 with an OBE for her services to journalism.
Eve Pollard is the author of a best-selling book on the life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and has written four books including Splash, Best of Enemies, Double Trouble and Unfinished Business.
Eve Pollard: Guest Speaker
Eve speaks on a number of issues including the media, politics and society, and women in business. After dinner, Eve has tales from Fleet Street and the corridors of power which feature everyone from Margaret Thatcher to Alastair Campbell and Rupert Murdoch. She is also an experienced and accomplished host and facilitator.
‘Journalist, editor and novelist Eve has a wealth of experience in the corporate field and is especially interesting as an after dinner speaker. She has spoken at the Women of Distinction Awards and Women of the Year. Eve has also entertained amongst others the National Council for the training of Journalists, British Telecom and the children’s charity NCH. In the 2008 Birthday Honours Eve was awarded the OBE’.
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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