The Visiting Professorship of Media was established in 1996, as part of a generous benefaction from Rupert Murdoch. It is an annual appointment and the Professor will give a series of lectures during the academic year (usually in January/February).
The current postholder is Dawn Airey (CEO, Getty Images) who will deliver her lectures on 19th May and 22nd May 2017. The lecture series is titled 'No Filter: Power and Pictures in a Post Truth World'.
Dawn Airey is CEO of Getty Images, the world’s leading visual communications company. Previously, Dawn was SVP, EMEA at Yahoo! Before joining Yahoo!, she was President of CLT-UFA UK TV (part of RTL Group). A veteran of the media industry, Dawn had a 30 year career in television, holding senior positions with the majority of the United Kingdom’s commercial broadcasters including, Chairwoman and CEO of Channel 5; MD of Global Content at ITV; and MD, Channels and Services at BSKYB. She has also held senior posts at Channel 4.
Dawn was awarded a Fellowship by the Royal Television Society in June 1998, is a Vice-President of the RTS and Chair of the National Youth Theatre. Dawn is also a Senior non-executive Director of Thomas Cook Group plc.
Previous Professors have included:
Matthew Engel, the journalist and sports writer, who gave a series of lectures entitled 'Please, mister, can we have our ball back? Sport, the media, and the people'. Lecture transcripts are available here:
Stephen Garrett, the man who brought Spooks and Life on Mars to our screens, who gave the series:
Paul Gambaccini, who gave a series of lectures entitled 'Face the Strange'.
Anthony Lilley, Chief Executive, Magic Lantern Productions
Janice Hadlow, Controller, BBC Four
Armando Iannucci, Writer, Director, Producer, Broadcaster
Stewart Purvis, City University (and formerly ITN)
Hugh Whitemore, Screenwriter
Barry Cox, Deputy Director, Channel 4 and Chairman, Digital Television Stakeholder’s Group
Jenny Abramsky, Director, BBC Radio
Kristin Thompson, University of Wisconsin
Roger Graef, Film-maker, broadcaster, writer and criminologist
David Elstein, Chief Executive, Channel 5