The Big Issue Big Debate: Will journalists ever be trusted again?


Over three decades The Big Issue has become a trusted media icon and a cultural landmark across the UK. In that time the media itself has undergone a radical transformation: globalisation, digital and social media explosion has delivered a move away from traditional print have changed the way media is consumed, and manipulated.

In an era of mis-information, fake news and easily inflated online opinion masquerading as fact journalists are increasingly marginalised and vilified.

As part of the Edinburgh International Magazine Festival 2019, The Big Issue is hosting a Big Debate panel discussion asking –

Will journalists ever be trusted again?

Chaired by The Big Issue UK editor Paul McNamee, the panel will include a selection of some of the most strident and well-known voices in contemporary journalism in Scotland and beyond. The panel will include:

  • Stuart Cosgrove – Scottish journalist, broadcaster and television executive. He was Controller of Arts and Entertainment then Head of Programmes on Channel 4. He is also well known in Scotland as co-host of Off the Ball, the hugely popular football radio show. His is author of several award winning books on race and soul music.
  • Tasnim Nazeer – award-winning journalist, author and Universal Peace Federation Ambassador for Peace. A contributor to Al Jazeera English, Huffington Post, TRT World and Radio 2.
  • Angela Haggerty – a journalist and crusading reporter, she has written for a host of publications including Sunday Herald and Commonspace and is a well known news commentator on stations including BBC Scotland and Radio 5 Live.
  • Martin Geissler – a former foreign and Africa correspondent for ITN in a 30-year career in television news. He moved to the BBC last year and is presenter of The Nine, the new BBC Scotland Channel’s flagship news programme.