Investigations Editor, BuzzFeed
Behind the scenes of some of the biggest scandals
Investigative journalist Heidi Blake has helped break some of the biggest scandals of recent history: ‘Westminster for sale’ lobbying, ‘generals for hire’ defence deals, bribery at FIFA, and worldwide corruption in tennis. In this in-depth interview she challenges cynics, arguing investigative journalism is in its ‘golden age’, reveals some of the methodologies used to expose the rich and the powerful, and their counter techniques to block investigation; discusses the variety of sources from cab drivers to senior government officials, and wryly recounts the tale of travelling to Bulgaria for an undercover sting – only to end up the victim of one herself.
Editor, Today, BBC Radio 4
15th March 2018
Leaving the Evening Standard to lead the BBC’s flagship news programme – with changes made, and further changes to come… and the problem of the BBC’s gender pay gap
Editor, Good Morning Britain, ITV
8th March 2018
Honing the perfect breakfast TV formula from failed attempts to rescue ‘Daybreak’; successfully pairing “two alpha brains” Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid – and behind the scenes of the President Donald Trump interview.
Europe Editor, BBC
1st March 2018
In the thick of Europe’s most turbulent time in a generation… and what’s really happening behind the scenes with Brexit.
Strategy Director, News Partnerships, Google
22nd February 2018
Tackling fake news, and repairing Google’s relationship with the news industry – offering strategic advice, and even cash investment
PR consultant & former Editor, The Sun
15th February 2018
Lessons learned during five years running Britain’s biggest-selling daily newspaper, the reality of working with Rupert Murdoch… and why Brexit will be a ‘disaster’