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portrait of Professor Lis Howell

Professor Lis Howell

Senior Lecturer in Journalism

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Journalism

Contact Information


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AG38, College Building

Postal Address

City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Emeritus Professor Lis Howell retired from City University on April 30th 2018 but retains her connection through managing the Expert Women surveys which count the number of women authority figures on six major UK flagship news programmestsreis. Prior to this she was Director of Broadcasting and Head of Postgraduate Studies..

Lis is a major award-winning journalist and broadcasting executive who has worked for BBC, ITV, Channel 4, and Sky News. She was Senior Vice-President at Flextech Television (later Virgin Media) where she founded Living TV, now a key channel on Sky.

Prior to that she was Managing Editor of Sky News where she produced their coverage of the first Gulf War from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. She won a Royal Television Society Award for coverage of the Lockerbie disaster from ITV Border when she was the first female Head of News at ITV.

She was a television reporter and presenter at Granada and Tyne Tees and began her career in journalism as a producer and reporter at BBC Radio Leeds. In 1999 she chaired the Guardian International Edinburgh Television Festival. In 2001 she attended the prestigious Harvard Business School Advanced Management Programme.

Currently Lis is a member of the Royal Television Society where she regularly chairs the News Programme of the Year Awards. She is also a judge for the Broadcast Magazine television Awards. She is a member of BAFTA and a regular contributor to Broadcast Magazine, openDemocracy and OurBeeb. She has appeared several times on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme and on BBC One's Newswatch and is a respected commentator on broadcasting.

See Lis Howell's Wikipedia page


Journal article

  1. Howell, L. and Singer, J.B. (2017). Pushy or a Princess? Journalism Practice, 11(9), pp. 1062–1078. doi:10.1080/17512786.2016.1232173.

Practitioner article

  1. (2010). It's time to fight for women's rights to be taken seriously. Broadcast Magazine

Other Activities

Production activity

  1. On June 14th 2018 Professor Lis Howell produced for the third time the biennial conference "Women on Air" at City, University of London. Guests included Margot James, the Minister for the Creative and Digital industries; Nicky Morgan MP, former Minister for Women; and Emily Thornberry, Shadow Foreign Secretary. Editors from the six flagship news programmes surveyed for the Expert Women project took part in a panel discusssion. Over 100 delegates attended and the event was covered in the Times, the Guardian, the I, and on BBC Radio 4's "The Media Show".

Television programme

  1. Victoria Derbyshire. BBC News Discussion about the Great British Bake Off moving to Channel 4