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I’m currently writing up a PhD comparing the English-language news output of Chinese state television (CCTV) with that of BBC World News TV between 2014 and 2016. I’m an occasional contributor to academic blogs run by CAMRI here at Westminster and Nottingham University’s China Policy Institute. On the teaching side, I've led undergraduate media studies seminars since 2014 and I also supervise BA students' final-year dissertations.
I came to Westminster from the BBC, which I joined as a news trainee. I spent about 25 years there as (variously) a news editor, writer, producer and reporter, in the BBC’s local, regional, national and international news operations, in television, radio and online, including a stint in Berlin. I mainly wrote and edited news for the World Service: I was also part of the production team that launched BBC World Service Television News in the 1990s and helped it expand into BBC World. I edited the World Service’s European current affairs radio programme, Europe Today, and spent several years as the London-based World Service News Asia-Pacific editor/reporter. My academic background is in languages.
I hold a Postgraduate Certificate of Special Study in Supporting Learning (University of Westminster, 2014) and have worked on the following modules at Westminster:
2017-18 6MEST006W Dissertation supervisor
2016-17 2MED639 Media Studies UG Dissertation supervisor
2015-16 2MED639 Media Studies UG Dissertation supervisor
2015-16 MMST509 News & Public Opinion: module co-leader, seminar leader
2014-15 MMSF405 Sound, Story, Image & Text: seminar leader
2014-15 MMST509 News & Public Opinion: seminar leader
2013-14 MMSF405 Sound, Story, Image & Text: seminar leader
My PhD research compares the news output of CCTV-News, the English-language 24-hour news channel of the Chinese state broadcaster (now renamed CGTN), with BBC World News Television between 2014 and 2016. My main research methods involve quantitative content analysis followed by detailed frame analysis of both the world and African news programmes, backed up by interviews with journalists and managers.
Conferences and workshops
(2017, April) 'Going Out' in English: CCTV-News and BBC World News TV compared, 2014-16'. At the Spring School on Media Systems, Perugia.
(2016, November) ‘Framing China in Africa: Perspectives from African news programmes on CCTV Africa and BBC World News TV’. At the Africa-China Journalists’ Forum, Wits University, South Africa.
(2016, April, with Yu Xiang) ‘Structuralist Sub-Imperialism and Ideological Consent: a case-study of CCTV-News in Africa’. At Westminster University, UK: China and the Changing Geopolitics of Global Communication
(2016, January) ‘Africa reframed: conflict, migration and elections on CCTV’s Africa Live.’ At Nottingham University, UK: Building Images: exploring 21st-century Sino-African dynamics through cultural exchange, media representation, and translation.
(2015, October) ‘Pick-and-mix in the ‘values’ supermarket: journalism and the global expansion of China’s English-language CCTV-News’. At NLA University College, Kristiansand, Norway: Global Journalism Symposium 2015.
(2015, June) ‘News in the time of globalisation: a study of CCTV News (English) and BBC World News TV’. At Kede College, Capital Normal University, Beijing, China: 1st Intercultural Communication Round-Table Forum and launch of China Intercultural Communication Annual.
(2014, September) ‘Chinese state television’s ‘going-out’ strategy: a true global news contraflow? A comparison of news on CCTV’s Africa Live and BBC World News TV’s Focus on Africa.’ at Nottingham University, Ningbo campus, China: International Symposium, China’s Soft Power in Africa: emerging media and cultural relations between China and Africa.
(2014, September) ‘Is Chinese State Television’s Going-out Strategy Incompatible with Balanced News Reporting? – A Comparison between CCTV’s English-language Bulletins and the Global-facing Output of the BBC’: at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China: International Conference on China’s Media Go Global.
(2014, July) ‘Chinese state television’s ‘going-out’ strategy: a true global news contraflow? A comparison with the BBC’s global-facing news.’ At China Links: Connecting the World PhD conference, University of Nottingham.
(2014, June) ‘New Ways of Reporting Africa? – The African news programmes of BBC World News TV and China’s CCTV News (English) compared’. At Development Studies Association workshop, Open University, London: Sensational(ising) Development: Analysing media representations of international development.