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Michael Gove Media Meetings May 2010 to July 2011

Michael Gove Media Meetings May 2010 to July 2011

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This list sets out the Secretary of State’s meetings with senior media executivesfor the period May 2010-July 2011. This includes all meetings with proprietors,senior executives and editors of media organisations for both newspapers andbroadcast media. It does not include those meetings with journalists that endedup in interviews that appeared in the public domain, either in newspapers andmagazines. It may also exclude some larger social events at which senior mediaexecutives may have been present.This is the fullest possible list assembled from the Secretary of State’sParliamentary diary, their departmental diary, personal diary and memory. Everyeffort has been taken to ensure that this is as accurate as possible but the natureof such an extensive exercise means something may have inadvertently gotmissed.
Declaration of interest:
The Secretary of State worked for the BBC from 1991to 1995 and News International from 1996 to 2005. He wrote a weekly columnfor News International from 2005 to 2009. His wife currently works for The Timesand has done so since 1998.
Secretary of State, Michael Gove
Date ofMeetingName of Media Organisation Purpose ofMeeting
19 May 2010 Rupert Murdoch (News Corporation),Rebekah Brooks (News International),plus more than ten others.Dinner and generaldiscussion28 May 2010 Bill Kristol (Weekly Standard), plusseveral othersDinner and generaldiscussion30 May 2010 Alan Rusbridger (The Guardian), JonSnow (Channel 4), plus more than tenothersDinner at the HayFestival10 June 2010 Rebekah Brooks (News International),plus several othersDinner and generaldiscussion 17 June 2010 News International executives andsenior editors, including RupertMurdoch (News Corporation), andRebekah Brooks (News International)Lunch and generaldiscussion2 July 2010 Tim Montgomerie (ConservativeHome) Lunch and generaldiscussion4 August2010Alan Rusbridger and Ian Katz (TheGuardian)General discussion25 August 2010 Channel 4 politics General discussion2 September2010Andrew Porter (Daily Telegraph) General discussion14 September2010Daniel Johnson (Standpoint Magazine),plus others from Standpoint andteachersDinner to discusseducation policy
21 September2010Joanna Coles (Marie Claire) Social30 September2010Fraser Nelson (The Spectator), JoelKlein (now News Corporation, formerChancellor of the New York CityDepartment of Education and AssistantAttorney General to President Clinton),plus more than ten othersGeneral discussion3 – 6 October2010George Parker (Financial Times),Patrick O’Flynn (Daily Express), JamesHarding (The Times), Roland Watsonand team (The Times), Gary Gibbon(Channel 4 News), Cathy Newman(Channel 4 News), Nick Robinson(BBC), Colin Myler (News of the World),Victoria Newton (News of the World),David Wooding and team (News of theWorld), Dominic Mohan (The Sun), TomNewton-Dunn (The Sun), Peter Wright(Mail on Sunday), Simon Walters (Mailon Sunday)Party Conferencemeetings16/17 October2010Lord and Lady Rothermere (AssociatedNewspapers)Social21 October2010Rupert Murdoch (News Corporation),Rebekah Brooks (News International),James Harding (The Times), DominicMohan (The Sun), James Murdoch(News Corporation), Colin Myler (Newsof the World), John Witherow (SundayTimes) plus more than ten othersDinner after Centrefor Policy Studieslecture29 October2010David Jordan (BBC) plus several others Dinner and generaldiscussion1 November2010Stephen Pollard (Jewish Chronicle) plusmore than ten othersSpeaker at aBICOM dinner17 November2010Martin Ivens (Sunday Times) Lunch and generaldiscussion30 November2010Rebekah Brooks (News International),Will Lewis (News International), JamesHarding (The Times)Academy visit1 December2010ITV politics Lunch and generaldiscussion11 December2010Anne McElvoy (Evening Standard),Martin Ivens (Sunday Times), AndrewMarr (BBC)Social15 December2010Lord and Lady Rothermere )AssociatedNewspapers) and several othersDinner17 December2010Rebekah Brooks (News International)plus several othersSocial
25 - 28 January2011Joel Klein (now News Corporation,former Chancellor of the New York CityDepartment of Education and AssistantAttorney General to President Clinton),visiting UK as guest of DfE to explainand discuss US education policysuccess, including large conferenceplatform and assorted dinners withsenior figures from education and themedia, including Rupert Murdoch.Including privateand public events31 January2011Rebekah Brooks (News International),plus several othersDinner hosted byAcademy sponsorCharles Dunstone2 February2011Lord & Lady Rothermere (AssociatedNewspapers) plus several othersDinner10 February2011Paul Goodman (ConservativeHome) Lunch and generaldiscussion17 February2011CB Patel (Asian Voice) Presented awardsat the Political andPublic Life Awards17 February2011Geordie Greig (Evening Standard),Sarah Sands (Evening Standard) plusseveral othersMeeting to discusseducation policy22 February2011Ian Katz (The Guardian) plus more thanten othersDinner14 March2011Andrew Neil (Press Holdings MediaGroup), Fraser Nelson (The Spectator)plus several othersDinner with thespeakers at aneducation policyconference3 May 2011 BBC politics Lunch and generaldiscussion12 May 2011 Lord Weidenfeld (Weidenfeld andNicolson), Mathias Dopfner (AxelSpringer AG) plus more than ten othersDinner and generaldiscussion19 May 2011 John Micklethwait (The Economist) Dinner for DavidBrooks (New YorkTimes)19 May 2011 James Harding (The Times), RupertMurdoch (News Corporation), JamesMurdoch (News Corporation), RebekahBrooks (News International)Breakfast andgeneral discussion19 May 2011 Geordie Grieg (Evening Standard) Presenting EveningStandard awards6 June 2011 Channel 4 politics General discussion7 June 2011 Richard Desmond (ExpressNewspapers), Martin Townsend(Sunday Express), Hugh Whittow (DailyExpress) plus several othersLunch and generaldiscussion8 June 2011 Martha Kearney (BBC) General discussion

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