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Director of POLIS, London School of Economics

April 28th, 2010

Area of Expertise: Business and Globalization, Civil Society, Media, War and Conflict
Geographical Expertise - Region: Asia, Europe, North America
Language: English
Field of Work: Journalist/Commentator, Think tank/Research center
City: London
Country: UK
Continent: Europe


beckett 1 Charlie BeckettCharlie Beckett is the first director of POLIS, the forum for research and debate in to international journalism and society at the London School of Economics.

POLIS runs a series of public lectures and seminars for journalists and the public as well as a program of Fellowships and Research. It has a summer school and holds conferences and publishes reports on new media and journalism, media and development, financial journalism, and media and politics. Most recently it has published research on international coverage in public service broadcasting.

As well as being spokesperson for POLIS at conferences at the World Economic Forum, Harvard, and Oxford, Mr. Beckett is a regular commentator on journalism and politics for the UK and International media. He is the author of SuperMedia: Saving Journalism So It Can Save The World and is a trustee of the Institute for Development Studies at Sussex University and on the board of Article 19.

His research interests include innovation in the media industry, journalism in a digital and globalized environment, and public service broadcasting in the internet age. He has a particular interest in international media, from media and development to global governance and international politics and media.

Before POLIS, Charlie Beckett was a program editor at ITN’s Channel 4 News editing coverage on 9/11, 7/7 and the RTS award-winning series of live News From Africa broadcasts before the G8 in 2005.

Charlie Beckett was a senior producer and program editor at BBC News and Current affairs for ten years making documentaries and news programs at On The Record, Public Eye, Panorama, Breakfast News and News 24 as well as producing the BBC’s 1992 Election Documentary and the obituary film for Harold Wilson.  He started his career on local newspapers in his native South London before starting in TV at LWT.

He was Reuters Fellow at Oxford University where he wrote a field-work based paper New Technology and Journalism in Uganda.

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