Don’t miss out on this year’s Ball!

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Tables selling out fast. Book now to secure your place

  • NEW DATE: Friday June 7
  • NEW VENUE: Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane
  • NEW MOVE: to make Ball affordable for younger journalists
  • NEW HONOUR: Prestigious ‘Journalist Laureate’ honour to be awarded to an inspirational leader
  • NEW HOPE: Help raise funds for The Journalists’ Charity. The 2018 Ball raised £20,000 for this great cause.

The star-studded London Press Club Ball 2019 is just a few short weeks away – so don’t miss the looming deadline to book your coveted table or place.

This year’s Ball – the social highlight of UK journalism- is taking new steps to keep it fresh and relevant in a rapidly changing media landscape.

The glittering event is taking place earlier than in previous years – on Friday June 7 making it a Summer Ball – at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London’s Park Lane, a larger venue needed to cope with increased demand.

It will again be raising vital funds for the Journalists’ Charity which last year received £20,000 from the event, adding to more than £100,000 raised in recent years.

Once again the glittering Ball is being fully funded and underwritten by our partner, leading media house, SJH Group.

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London Press Club Ball 2018 held at the Victoria and Albert Museum in aid of the journalists’ charity. Good Morning Britain presenter Susanna Reid (left) and Television newsreader and presenter Kay Burley (right) attend the London Press Club Ball. © Lucy Young 2018 07799118984

Luxury British car company Bentley Motors, whose chief executive Adrian Hallmark was among the guests last year, will again be supporting this year’s Ball as a significant sponsor in its landmark centenary year.

Significantly, the 2019 Ball will be attended by many more younger journalists thanks to an imaginative and innovative new discount scheme aimed at attracting a more diverse array of talented writers and broadcasters under the age of 30  by making it significantly more affordable.   

A major highlight of this year’s Ball will be the presentation of the prestigious 2019 ‘Journalist Laureate’ honour to a major inspirational and ground-breaking figure in our industry, whose identity will be revealed in due course.  At last year’s London Press Club 2018 Ball, the inaugural ‘Journalist Laureate’ honour was presented to former Daily Mail editor and Fleet Street titan Paul Dacre, who attended the event to receive it and to speak. Of the £20,000 raised for the Journalists’ Charity on the night, £5,000 was from a sum raised by the Ball organisers for Mr Dacre to donate, at his discretion, to a charity of his choosing.

London Press Club Ball 2018 held at the Victoria and Albert Museum in aid of the journalists’ charity. Former Daily Mail Editor Paul Dacre becomes the first recipient of the London Press Club Journalist Laureate 2018, awarded for ‘Excellence and Leadership in Journalism’. © Lucy Young 2018 07799118984

Last year’s Ball was attended by Sky TV presenter Kay Burley and Good Morning Britain presenter Susanna Reid with a performance by opera singer Camilla Kerslake.

Ball organisers have been engaging with great success with media supporters over recent months to make tables more affordable and accessible for journalists at all levels within the industry. Already a good number of media organisations who are supporting the Ball by taking at least one table at the standard rate of £2,500 (plus VAT)  have taken advantage of the unique discount to book a second table – reserved exclusively for for their younger journalists aged under 30 – at the specially discounted rate of £500 (plus VAT). This includes a good sprinkling of national newspapers.

Individual tickets at the standard rate are £250.00 (plus VAT)

London Press Club Ball co-chairmen Ray Massey and Robert Jobson, who have overseen the event for the last five years said: ‘The aim of the Ball is to put fun into fund-raising.

‘For one night only the leading lights of the nation’s media – from Fleet Street and broadcasters to news agencies and bloggers – can get together to enjoy themselves in convivial surroundings for a great night of schmoozing and gossip.

London Press Club Ball 2018 held at the Victoria and Albert Museum in aid of the journalists’ charity. Singer Camilla Kerslake attends the London Press Club Ball. © Lucy Young 2018 07799118984

‘But behind all the enjoyment is a serious aim to help swell the coffers of the Journalists’ Charity which helps those of our trade who fall on hard times, whether through ill-health, unemployment or sheer bad luck.’

On the move to help younger journalists attend the Ball, they added: ‘When media budgets are tight, younger journalists often don’t get a look in when the tables are booked, and they’re too cash-strapped to buy a place for themselves.
‘So, as an incentive to help, those supportive  media organisations who take a full table at the standard rate can also book an additional table reserved exclusively  for their younger journalists under the age of 30,  at a significantly discounted and more affordable rate of just £500. It’s proving very successful but they’re running out fast.’

Journalists’ Charity chairman Jill Palmer said: ‘The London Press Club Ball is a major fundraiser for the Journalists’ Charity.

‘We hope that this year’s Ball will be huge success and allow us to provide more grants to hard-hit journalists and enable them to survive until they sort out their lives.’

CEO of SJH Group, Richard Freed said: ‘We are looking to make the Ball as inclusive as possible whilst keeping the high standards and prestige of the night at the level it has built up over the past 15 years.’

:: Those with longer memories may remember that the original London Press Club Ball ‘of the modern era’ was actually supposed to happen in Summer – on July 07, 2005 –  but had to be cancelled on that very day when the ‘7:7’ bombers struck the capital. It was a painful but unavoidable decision on a painful day.  That year’s Ball was then postponed and rescheduled to October where it remained until now.

Richard Dymond

Honorary Treasurer and Director of the London Press Club and the London Press Club Ball.

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