About me

I completed my PhD in 2018, comparing the English-language news output of Chinese state television (CCTV) with that of BBC World News TV. I've led undergraduate and postgraduate media studies seminars at Westminster since 2014 and I supervise BA students' final-year dissertations. 

Before I returned to academia, I was a BBC global news journalist for more than 25 years. I worked mainly as a World Service radio news editor, but I also spent several years in regional, national and international TV news, wrote for the BBC news website, led a European current affairs programme team and was an Asia-Pacific editor/reporter. I still work occasionally as a freelance journalist.


I hold a Postgraduate Certificate of Special Study in Supporting Learning and have worked on the following modules at Westminster:

2019-20 BA 1st year Media & Globalisation deputy module leader & seminar leader

2019-20 MA Global Media, MA Researching Media & Communication, MA Chinese media seminar leader

2019-20 BA TV Production final year dissertation supervisor

2019-20 BA 1st year Media & Society seminar leader

2015-20 BA Media Studies final year dissertation supervisor

2014-16 BA 2nd year News & Public Opinion module co-leader, seminar leader

2013-15 BA 1st year Sound, Story, Image & Text seminar leader


My PhD research compared 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 were quantitative content analysis followed by detailed frame analysis of world and African news programmes, backed up by interviews with journalists and managers. I'm currently extending the scope of this research. I'm also developing an experimental method of comparing news texts.