Professor Stewart Purvis appointed non-executive member of Channel 4 board
Stewart Purvis, Professor of Television Journalism in City University London's Department of Journalism, has been appointed as a non-executive member of British broadcaster Channel 4's board.
His appointment was announced by Channel 4 today, along with that of Mark Price, who was named Deputy Chair. It was also announced that existing non-executives of the Board Alicja Lesniak, Monica Burch and Richard Rivers have been reappointed for three years.
From 2007 to 2010, Professor Purvis was Ofcom's Partner for Content and Standards, responsible for the implementation of the Ofcom Broadcast Code and other broadcasting regulation. He also chaired the UK Government's Media Literacy Working Group and was one of the founders of the online academic resource Newsfilm Online.
In 2000 he was made a CBE for services to broadcast journalism, and in 2009 he received the Royal Television Society's Gold Medal for an outstanding contribution to television. Professor Purvis is regularly used as a media commentator by broadcasters on issues such as the 'Newsnight' crisis at the BBC in 2012 and the phone hacking scandal.
Colette Bowe, Chairman of Ofcom, said: "I am delighted to announce the appointment of Mark Price as Deputy Chairman and Stewart Purvis as a new member of the Channel 4 Board. They both bring considerable depth of experience and will further strengthen the Board."