Over 80 guests attended this month’s Kruger Cowne CN Breakfast Club, 20 July, at Home House, Portland Place, London. They saw BBC World Affairs Editor, John Simpson CBE, interview David Cameron’s director of politics and communications, Craig Oliver.
Simpson, who this year celebrates his 50th Anniversary at the BBC, questioned Oliver on the recent EU campaign and his former role. The former Downing Street aide candidly shared his views on the complexities surrounding the EU campaign and talked at length about the 360° 3D media world that we live in where news hits the headlines at alarmingly fast speed.
During more than five years working for Mr Cameron, Oliver explained how he had faced a news revolution, which went beyond a 24/7 media environment to one of 360 news, where stories “come at you faster than you can think and the next deadline is the time it takes to publish a Tweet”.
Oliver gave a taste of his skill in speaking with authority about how governments, businesses and institutions can develop strategies to deal with this challenge. He also demonstrated his skill in fending off Simpson’s probing technique.
Oliver was a key figure in the Campaign to Remain in the EU and gave insights into why the vote went the way it did.
Simpson has reported from 140 countries and interviewed 200 world leaders, including Mikhail Gorbachev and Vladimir Putin, Margaret Thatcher and every other British prime minister since Harold Wilson, every German Chancellor since Willy Brandt and every French President since Giscard d’Estaing.
Both Simpson and Oliver are available for speaking at events through Kruger Cowne.