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Barry Flynn is a part-time senior lecturer at the University of Westminster in London, teaching international postgraduates about the management and economics of digital media businesses. He helped set up and now runs Westminster’s Global Media Business MA programme, which is taught in both London and Beijing through an innovative partnership with China’s elite Communications University, CUC. He was recently appointed a Fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy.

The rest of Barry’s time is devoted to running his own communications outfit, specialising in researching and writing about the business implications of new technologies for TV. Outputs for clients include published journalism, websites, white papers, research reports, and marketing materials.

Barry has a 41-year-long track record writing for and about the UK TV sector. After taking a First at Oxford, he won a place as a Graduate Trainee at ITN in 1978, following which he took on news production and directing roles for Channel Four and ITV.


For several years prior to becoming a Senior Lecturer at Westminster University in September 2013, I was a visiting lecturer for the Media Markets module of the MA in Media Management course there. I also taught at summer schools in Beijing run jointly by Westminster and the Chinese University of Communication (CUC).

Over the years I have also created and run a number of training courses for several Fortune 100 commercial organisations, including a Tier 1 telecommunications company and a leading TV technology firm, on topics related to Digital TV.

I am currently Course Leader of the MA in Global Media Business (GMB), which is jointly taught in London and Beijing in association with CUC, and also run the Media Markets module taught within GMB, as well as the Digital Media Business module taught on its sister Media Management MA in the UK