Stewart Purvis was Professor of Television Journalism at City University London from 2003 until 2015.He is a non-executive board director at Channel Four, Chairman of the Royal Television Society TV Journalism Awards and a trustee of SSVC.
He is a former Editor-in-Chief and Chief Executive of ITN, President of EuroNews and Ofcom Partner for Content and Standards.
In September 2013 he and Jeff Hulbert published ‘When Reporters Cross the Line.The heroes,the villains,the hackers and the spies’ and in January 2016 they published ‘Guy Burgess -The Spy Who Knew Everyone’. Their previous research on Burgess, including two major exclusives,is summarised at https://www.city.ac.uk/cambridge-spies-the-guy-burgess-files.
Some declarations of interest: Stewart joined the BBC as one of its first three news trainees in 1969.In 1972 he left to join the rival news organisation ITN and stayed for 31 years. John Birt records in his memoirs that when he joined the BBC he offered Stewart the chance to return there in a senior role in BBC News but Stewart did not take up the offer.
After retiring from ITN in 2003 he later became one of the BBC’s content regulators at Ofcom and oversaw standards cases involving the BBC.
During his time at City University Stewart was on an independent panel set up by BBC Governors to consider the BBC’s coverage of the Israel-Palestinian conflict, the DCMS panel which advised the then Secretary of State about the candidates to succeed Sir Michael Lyons as Chairman of the BBC Trust and the adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications report on BBC governance. He is currently one of the panel advising the DCMS Secretary of State,John Whittingdale,on the review of the BBC Charter.