Jon Snow, journalist and broadcaster, visited Bradford on Friday 9th October 2015 and addressed a packed audience at the National Media Museum. He was hosted by the Muslim Women’s Council through its Bradford Circle programme, an initiative aimed at raising the level of dialogue, discourse and debate by attracting high profile speakers to Bradford.
The event took place at the National Media Museum and opened with clips of Jon’s reporting of the news through the decades. Jon discussed the different parts of the world he has reported from and covered topics from global events to domestic issues. He said the one person he would like to interview, who he has not yet interviewed is Barack Obama. He interviewed Margaret Thatcher twenty times, and according to Jon they were his worst interviews.
Jon Snow was joined on stage by Bana Gora, CEO of Muslim Women’s Council and Professor Lord Kamlesh Patel of Bradford OBE whose questions ranged from Jon Snow’s Cannabis Experiment to his charity work with homeless young people. The floor was then opened up to the audience, with a range of questions covering representation of Muslims in the media to careers advice for budding journalists.
Dinner was provided at the event by My Lahore and the National Media Museum supported the event by providing the prestigious Pictureville theatre. The Muslim Women’s Council deliberately chose the National Media Museum in order to support one of Bradford’s most iconic buildings, which is part of Bradford’s fabric and essential to its long term prosperity.
Jon Snow says “I shall never forget my amazing evening with the Muslim Women’s Council at the National Media Museum. The audience was one of the most stimulating, engaged, energised, inspiring groups I have ever addressed.
The questions and the discourse were informed, interesting and rewarding. It was wonderful that there were so many students and young people present. Who knew that Bradford was the centre of such intellect, such compassion, such commitment.
The range in our conversation covered the world. I pay tribute to Bana Gora and her team for organising an event that drew not only Muslim women, but a good few men and people from other communities. My only regret is that I live and work so far from Bradford. But be warned, I shall be back!”
Professor Lord Patel of Bradford OBE says “I was honoured to be part of an informative, entertaining and engaging evening at Bradford’s landmark National Media Museum.
It is a credit to the MWC that they not only attracted such a high calibre individual, in the form of Jon Snow to Bradford for the evening; but they also attracted a diverse and eclectic audience, who were, from the start, engaged, lively and energetic.
An audience, who were evidently well informed, balanced in their views and forthright – raising a wide range of current affairs issues, which ensured a lively Q &A session that clearly presented the people and City of Bradford in anextremely positively light”.
Bana Gora, CEO of Muslim Women’s Council says “It was an honour to host Jon Snow in Bradford, one of the few journalists left, who is unafraid to speak his mind and ask the difficult questions.
The event will be the first of many, aimed at raising the profile of Bradford by attracting high profile speakers. The events are part of the Muslim Women’s Council’s offer to Bradfordians to engage with influential personalities in order to ensure speakers leave with the best possible impression.