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.
CEO, Guardian Media Group
7th December 2017
Building a trusted yet financially sustainable global media brand; the incredible success of the ‘supporters’ initiative; keeping their content paywall-free… and a tense relationship with Facebook
30th November 2017
The advertising industry leader on the now “broken” traditional agency model – and how the “blurring of the borders” between disciplines is now inevitable
Social Media Editor, BBC News
23rd November 2017
Breaking news fast yet accurately, tailoring content to suit each platform… and how their online operation will ultimately overtake broadcast.
Editor, The Stage
16th November 2017
How the world’s oldest theatre publication embraced digital, the rapid rise of ticket prices, introducing fresh talent… and the darker side of show business.
Editor, 'Victoria Derbyshire', BBC News
9th November 2017
Moving a successful radio partnership into television, driving the news agenda with unique and distinctive journalism… and her joy at winning a BAFTA