Glasgow to host Huw Wheldon Lecture

A WELL-known annual, commemorative lecture, about TV programming, is to be given in Glasgow – it is believed for the first time.

The BBC Scotland HQ at Pacific Quay is to host the Huw Wheldon Memorial Lecture, which this year is being given by Owen Jones, a writer, broadcaster and columnist for The Independent newspaper.

It is taking place on Wednesday and is titled: ‘Totally Shameless: How TV Portrays the Working Class’.

Say the organisers: “The [Royal Television Society] Huw Wheldon Lecture is an annual event commemorating one of the most inspiring programme makers and television managers of his era – Sir Huw Wheldon.

“He was former editor of the landmark arts series, Monitor, then head of documentaries, followed by controller of BBC One before becoming managing director of BBC TV until his retirement in 1975. During a distinguished career, he was also Royal Television Society President from 1979 to 1985.”

Jones is also a regular contributor to the BBC’s Question Time and Newsnight programmes. His first book, ‘Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class’ was published in June two years ago and he is currently working on his second about the British Establishment.

The lecturer will be broadcast on BBC Four later this month. To book a ticket, email