Phillip Crawley, Retired Publisher Globe and Mail, ‘Changing Times in the Media Business: Winners and Losers’, March 26, 2024

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Phillip Crawley was born in Northumberland, England and graduated in English Language and Literature from  Manchester University. He has held a variety of senior executive positions with some of the world’s leading media companies in Europe, Asia and New Zealand. Before arriving in Canada in 1998, he was the Managing Director of The New Zealand Herald newspaper owned by Tony O’Reilly’s Independent Newspapers Group of Dublin. From 1988 to 1997 he worked for Rupert Murdoch, first as Editor of The South China Morning Post in Hong Kong (1988-1993) then as Managing Director of The Times Supplements in London (1993-1997). He worked for Conrad Black as Northern Editor, The Daily Telegraph, London in 1987-88. From 1979 to 1987 he was Editor of The Journal, Newcastle upon Tyne. Prior to 1979, Crawley worked in various editorial roles for Thomson Regional Newspapers.

He was chairman of The Canadian Press and the Canada Board of AAM (Alliance for Audited Media, formerly ABC) and a board member of The Canadian Newspaper Association and the World Association of Newspapers/IFRA. His voluntary activities include board membership of the Sunnybrook Foundation; the Charter for Business, which raises funds for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Canada; and the Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation. He serves as Honorary Consul for New Zealand in Toronto.

He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list in 2012 for his charitable work. In December, 2019, Phillip was appointed a CM (Member of the Order of Canada) for his contributions to journalism and for his innovative leaderships in the news publishing industry.

After a nearly six-decade career in journalism, including 25 years as CEO and publisher of The Globe and Mail, Phillip Crawley retired in Aug 2023 leaving the newspaper in a place where reporters and editors feel empowered to “enable intelligent discussion” and hold government to account. He lives in Toronto with his wife and family.

The Globe and Mail’s Phillip Crawley turns the page
on a 58-year newspaper career

– Globe and Mail September 3, 2023 (PDF)

Phillip will be discussing how bad business decisions undermine good journalism. And how that has led to a lack of trust in the media.

The reception at the RCMI begins at 6:00 pm March 26th

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