Professor of Media and Communication Studies
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Des Freedman is interested in the relationship between media and power together with the political and economic contexts of media policymaking and regulation. He is an editor of the Sage journal 'Global Media and Communication' and was previously on the management committee of the COST programme A20, 'The Impact of the Internet on the Mass Media in Europe'. He was awarded an ESRC grant in 2005 to examine the dynamics of media policy-making in the UK and US. See coverage in the Guardian and a copy of the report [pdf]. Des received an AHRC research leave award in 2006 to complete The Politics of Media Policy for Polity Press. He was a participant in the 'Spaces of the News' project in the Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre, co-editor of the 'Unversities and Capitalism' section of openDemocracy, a member of the National Council of the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom and is the current chair of the Media Reform Coalition. He is currently writing a book on The Contradictions of Media Power for Bloomsbury (due 2014).
SELECTED ARTICLES ON THE PHONE HACKING SCANDAL, THE LEVESON INQUIRY AND THE COMMUNICATIONS REVIEW
Tackling ownership at a snail's pace: the government's consultation on plurality (with Justin Schlosberg), Three-D, 28 October 2013
The Press can't decide if they're for press freedom or against it, openDemocracy, 18 October 2013
Ralph Miliband would have seen the Daily Mail attack coming, Guardian, Comment is Free, 7 October 2013
The Daily Mail Know All About 'Hate', Huffington Post, 3 October 2013
When "measuring" is a substitute for action: the DCMS consultation on media ownership, LSE Media Policy Project, 31 July 2013
A tale of two British summers: phone hacking and a royal baby, openDemocracy, 23 July 2013
'Leveson and the Prospects for Media Reform' (co-writen with Deborah Grayson), Soundings, issue 53, Spring 2013, pp.69-81.
Leveson: Does the Sentence Fit the Crime? Huffington Post, 30 November 2012.
Leveson and the Left, New Left Project, 5 December 2012
The BBC: Is this the Corporation's Hacking Crisis? Huffington Post, 12 November 2012.
Communications White Paper: The Deregulation Bandwagon is on the Road, LSE Media Policy Project, 22 August 2012
Measuring media plurality isn’t enough, LSE Media Policy Project, 25 June 2012.
It’s Not Just about Murdoch – The Whole System Needs Fixing, Huffington Post, 8 May 2012.
Murdoch and the UK culture secretary: we shouldn’t be surprised, we should be angry, openDemocracy, 25 April 2012.
Did UK Minister work for government - or Murdoch? CNN Online, 25 April 2012.
If the Sun hates attacks on press freedom, how must it hate itself! openDemocracy, 13 February 2012.
The Phone Hacking Scandal: Implications for Regulation, Television and New Media 13 (1), January 2012, pp. 17-20.
Rehabilitating Britain’s news media (with James Curran and Angela Phillips), Guardian, Comment is Free, 16 November 2011.
Still hacked off with the media: Come and join the campaign for UK media reform, openDemocracy, 15 November 2011.
The BBC is not part of the problem raised by Hackgate, openDemocracy, 20 September 2011.
The Leveson Inquiry – Should We Care? New Left Project, 2 September 2011.
What does it mean to ‘break up’ media power? Guardian, Comment is Free, 31 July 2011.
Is hacking scandal the UK’s Watergate? CNN Online, 19 July 2011.
Hackgate and the Communications Review: two separate planets? openDemocracy, 11 July 2011.
Murdoch: The End of the Affair? LSE Media Policy Project, 7 July 2011.
Current Research Students
Alejandro Rodriguez is looking at Mexican media policies in relation to Habermasian concepts of ideal speech and the public sphere
Vana Goblot is evaluating notions of 'quality' in relation to BBC4 and the idea of 'think television'
Noemie Oxley is researching soldiers' videos of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Vince Medeiros is exploring the possibility of business models supporting radical content in a commercial environment.
Yachi Chen explored regulatory discourses in relation to the National Communications Commission in Taiwan
Laurence Pawley assessed different models of citizenship in relation to the policies, programmes and performance of the BBC.
Kate Coyer looked at the democratic implications of local and community radio with case studies of radio stations in Los Angeles and London.
Eugene Gorny, an experienced web producer, researched the history of creativity in Russian cyberculture.
Sen-Yin Li looked at press narratives in relation to debates on GM food.
Media and Terrorism: Global Perspectives, co-edited with Daya Thussu, Sage Publications, 2011
Misunderstanding the Internet, co-written with James Curran and Natalie Fenton, Routledge, 2012
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