Professor Stewart Purvis
Professor of Television Journalism
Stewart Purvis became City University London's first Professor of Television Journalism in 2003. He is now a non-executive director of Channel Four, a Vice-President of the Royal Television Society and a trustee of SSVC (producers of British Forces Broadcasting).
A local radio reporter, a regional television presenter and Sunday tabloid freelance while still at university, he was chosen as one of the BBC's first three News Trainees in 1969. He moved to ITN in 1972 where he went on to win Royal Television Society awards and two BAFTA awards as Editor of Channel Four News. Professor Purvis is generally credited with creating the programme in its current ethos. He then went on to become Editor-in-Chief of ITN and then Chief Executive, and also President of the international news channel, EuroNews, based in Lyon, France.
After Professor Purvis retired from ITN in 2003 he became a Visiting Professor of Broadcast Media at Oxford University and from 2007 to 2010 he was Ofcom's Partner for Content and Standards and also chaired the UK Government's Media Literacy Working Group in 2009. Amongst other roles, Professor Purvis has advised the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications on the governance of the BBC and on behalf of DCMS, he was the independent chair of a multi-party negotiation to progress digital radio in the UK.
Among the honours he has received, in 2000 he was made a CBE for services to broadcast journalism, in 2005 he was made an Honorary Doctor of Law by Exeter University and in 2009 he received the Royal Television Society's Gold Medal for an outstanding contribution to television.
In September 2013 he published, with City colleague Jeff Hulbert, 'When Reporters Cross the Line', based on a BBC Radio Four programme of the same title which he made in 2011. Professor Purvis is used as a media commentator by British and international broadcasters and is one of the regular reviewers of the press on Sky News's 'Press Preview'.