- BA Hons Philosophy, Manchester University
- Diploma in Business Studies, Sheffield University
I was most recently Editor-at-Large at Channel Four Television, having been the Head of News and Current Affairs at Channel Four for many years. Prior to that, I was the Commissioning Editor of Dispatches, the Editor of ITV’s The Big Story and a producer/director on World in Action. I have also made network history and arts programmes.
I was made a Fellow of The Royal Television Society for my Outstanding Contribution to Television and won the RTS Journalism award for Outstanding Contribution to Television Journalism. I have won various other personal awards including the Grierson Trustees Award for contribution to documentary, the Women in Film and Television Award for contribution to the medium, and a Scottish BAFTA for Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting. Programmes I have overseen have won many Emmy, Bafta and Royal Television Society Awards. I continue to executive produce major international documentaries. I was until recently the chair of the international charity, the Ethical Journalism Network.
I have been a Visiting Professor at Lincoln and De Montfort Universities and sat on the Advisory Board at Sheffield University’s Journalism Department. I was a Visiting Fellow at the Reuters Institute at Oxford University. I have been awarded several honorary doctorates.
I have written one book Trust Me I’m Not a Politician and contributed to several books about journalism and the media. I write regularly for national newspapers and magazines.