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 Stig Abell (Editor, The Times Literary Supplement) who delivered his lectures on 23rd February and 26th February 2018. The lecture series was titled 'The End of Journalism?'. Click on the dates for podcasts of the lectures.
Previous Professors have included:
Dawn Airey, CEO of Getty Images, who delivered a lecture series on 'No Filter – Power and Pictures in a Post-Truth World'.
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:
Lecture 1: Life and death? No, much more important than that
Lecture 2: It's the cat's whisker
Lecture 3: From Reith to wreath
Lecture 4: You are the earth and the sky
Stephen Garrett, the man who brought Spooks and Life on Mars to our screens, who gave the series:
Lecture 1: How to Grow a Creative Business According to the Laws of Chance
Lecture 2: Why the Only Rule is that there are No Rules
Lecture 3: No More Heroes
Lecture 4: Tomorrow Got Here Yesterday
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