Eve enjoyed a ringside seat as a First Lady of Fleet Street – mixing with heroes, villains, Presidents and Prime Ministers. She also fronted TV coverage of the latest royal birth. Eve recalls how one interview with Mrs Thatcher went on for 28 minutes without her being able to ask a single question.


Eve Pollard is a journalist and media commentator, and was only the second woman ever to edit a national newspaper.

Eve can justly be dubbed ‘the first lady of Fleet Street’ with a varied and colourful career that has seen her rise from junior reporter to editor in the male-dominated world of old-school newspaper journalism.

Starting out in women’s magazines, Eve rose to edit both the Sunday Mirror and Sunday Express, as well as magazine supplements for many of the national Sunday papers. Returning to women’s titles she also launched Elle magazine in the US as its first editor-in-chief.

Today, Eve is a regular reporter on BBC1’s The One Show. She also frequently appears on radio and TV from The News Quiz to You and Yours, This Morning to Have I Got News For You, Loose Women to the Daily Politics. Eve is also a published novelist and biographer.

A respected commentator on the media, its future, and its effects, Eve is a member of the Competition Commission’s Newspaper Takeover Panel. She also lectures in media studies at Bournemouth University, where she is a visiting fellow. Eve is an active supporter and campaigner for the promotion of women’s health, and is vice-chairman of the Wellbeing of Women charity.

Eve speaks on a number of issues including the media, politics and society, and women in business. After dinner, Eve has tales from Fleet Street and the corridors of power which feature everyone from Margaret Thatcher to Alastair Campbell and Rupert Murdoch. She is also an experienced and accomplished host and facilitator.

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After Dinner Speaker Eve Pollard on the Media

Pollard: Queen of Fleet Street


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