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University of Oxford Faculty of English

Visiting Professor of Media

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).


Previous Professors have included:

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: 'Life and death? No, much more important than that', 'It's the cat's whisker', 'From Reith to wreath', and 'You are the earth and the Sky'.

Stephen Garrett, the man who brought Spooks and Life on Mars to our screens, who gave the following lectures (links are to transcripts): How to Grow a Creative Business According to the Laws of Chance, Why the Only Rule is that there are No Rules, No More Heroes, Tomorrow Got Here Yesterday.  Podcasts of the lectures are also available:  Lecture 1; Lecture 2; Lecture 3; Lecture 4.

Paul Gambaccini, who gave a series of lectures entitled 'Face the Strange'. 
Lecture transcripts available here: 'Face the Strange', 'So You Want to be a Rock and Roll Star', 'Money [That's What I Want]', 'Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll'

Anthony Lilley
, Chief Executive, Magic Lantern Productions
Lecture Transcripts available here: 'Who Controls the Stories?', 'Search for Value, Network Ideas and Evolution in Media', 'Network Media as Public Space'

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