People Mr Lionel Barber
Member, Oxford Martin Commission
Editor, The Financial Times
Lionel Barber was appointed Editor of the Financial Times in 2005. As editor he has pioneered the concept of the integrated newsroom, where reporters and editors work seamlessly across print and digital formats. Under Barber’s leadership, the FT has solidified its position as one of the first traditional publishers to successfully transform itself into a profitable and multi-channel content business. The FT has a combined print and online average daily readership of 2.1 million. The FT has won numerous global awards for its quality journalism, including three newspaper of the year awards (2008), which recognised the FT’s role ‘as a 21st century news organisation.
During his editorship at the FT, Barber has become one of the most influential voices in the world. He has overseen the most respected global business news organisation during the largest financial crisis of our time and during a period of dramatic upheaval in the media landscape. Barber has interviewed many of the top leaders in global politics, including President Barack Obama, Premier Wen Jiabao of China, President-elect Demetri Medvedev of Russia, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India. He has also co-written several books and lectures widely on US foreign policy, transatlantic relations, European security and monetary union throughout the world. Barber is frequently sought after to speak at and attend high level gatherings around the world. On September 14, he delivered a Fulbright speech on the “future of newspapers,” where he put forward the case for a new, independent, press regulatory body – widely covered in the UK media.
On January 31, Barber delivered the 2011 Hugh Cudlipp Lecture at the London College of Communication. His speech, “The Business of Journalism: a View from the Frontline,” garnered media attention worldwide. During his career, Barber has received several distinguished awards these include: being granted the St. George Society Medal of Honor (2009) for his contribution to journalism in the transatlantic community, named one of the 50 most influential personalities in Europe by European Voice (2001), one of the 101 most influential Europeans by Le Nouvel Observateur (1998), Young Journalist of the Year in the British Press Awards (1981) and Laurence Stern Fellow at the Washington Post (1985).Barber is a Board of Director for International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and In February, 2011 he was appointed to the Board of Trustees at the Tate.