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Barry Flynn 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.

In his remaining time, Barry is also a part-time senior lecturer, teaching international postgraduates about the management and economics of digital media businesses.

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. I also run the Media Markets module taught within the GMB MA, as well as the Digital Media Business module taught on its sister course, the International Media Business MA.