BBC Presenter Evan Davis gives the 2014 Philip Geddes Memorial Lecture speaking on ‘Adversarial Journalism: seeing it from both sides.’
Evan has been a presenter of the BBC Radio 4 Today programme since 2008 and is also well-known as the presenter of the BBC2 business reality show, Dragons Den. On Radio 4, he also presents a weekly business discussion programme, The Bottom Line. For the six and a half years prior to working on the Today programme Evan was the Economics Editor of the BBC, the most senior economics reporter in the corporation. He previously served as an economics correspondent for the BBC and as economics editor of the Newsnight programme in the 1990s. Before joining the BBC in 1993, Evan was an economist at the Institute for Fiscal Studies and at the London Business School. The lecture is named after Philip Geddes, an alumnus of St Edmund Hall and a journalist of considerable promise. After graduating he joined the staff of the London Evening Standard, then moved to the staff of the Daily Express. In December 1983 he was in Harrods, in Knightsbridge, when orders were issued for the building to be evacuated. Realising there was a story to be had, he went to investigate. He was killed by the blast from a bomb planted by the IRA. Philip was just 24.