Date: 30.03.2012Last updated: 02.04.2012 at 11.37

Category: Radio 4

BBC Radio 4’s Today programme announced this morning that Sir Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England will give the 2012 BBC Today Programme Lecture on Wednesday 2 May.

Launched last year, this annual lecture is a platform for high profile, prominent figures to speak about the current issues facing the global economy.

Sir Mervyn will be addressing an invited audience of 300 Today programme listeners at the event hosted by Evan Davis, who will also interview Sir Mervyn on the following morning’s Today programme.

The lecture will be covered by BBC News and will be broadcast in full on BBC Radio 4 at 9pm, Wednesday 2 May together with a question and answer session with the audience.

Ceri Thomas, Editor of Today, said: "I’m delighted that Sir Mervyn King has agreed to give the 2012 BBC Today Lecture. He's been at the centre of public life in this country through some of the most difficult economic times we've ever known. This is a great opportunity to hear his views and put directly to him some of our listeners’ concerns.”

Sir Mervyn King said: “I am delighted to have been asked to give the 2012 BBC Today Lecture and to have the opportunity to speak directly to a national radio audience.”

Details of how to apply for tickets to the event will be published on the Today website closer to the time.


Notes to Editors

The Today programme is Radio 4's flagship news and current affairs programme, and is listened to by seven million people each week. Presented by John Humphrys, James Naughtie, Sarah Montague, Evan Davis and Justin Webb, Today is widely considered to be one of the most influential news programmes in Britain.

Sir Mervyn King is Governor of the Bank of England and is Chairman of the Monetary Policy Committee and the Financial Policy Committee. He was previously Deputy Governor from 1998 to 2003, and Chief Economist and Executive Director from 1991. Mervyn king was a non-executive director of the Bank from 1990 to 1991.

Born in 1948, Mervyn King studied at King’s College, Cambridge, and Harvard (as a Kennedy Scholar) and taught at Cambridge and Birmingham Universities before spells as Visiting Professor at both Harvard University and MIT. From October 1984 he was professor of Economics at the London School of Economics where he founded the Financial Markets Group.

I am delighted to have been asked to give the 2012 BBC Today Lecture and to have the opportunity to speak directly to a national radio audience.”

Sir Mervyn King

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