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Appointment as adviser to Parliamentary Committee

28 October 2010

Professor Steven Barnett to become Specialist Adviser to House of Lords Select Committee

A University of Westminster media expert has been appointed to advise a House of Lords Select Committee on the regulation of television advertising. ","sans-serif";">


Professor Steven Barnett, a leading expert in media policy and regulation, has been appointed as a specialist adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications, chaired by the Earl of Onslow","sans-serif";>, for its inquiry into whether existing regulatory provisions for television advertising are appropriate in today’s market conditions. ","sans-serif";">

Professor Barnett previously advised the same select committee in the last Parliament, chaired by Lord Fowler, for its inquiries into Media Ownership (2007/8) and the Film and Television Industries (2009/10).","sans-serif";">

Over the last 25 years, Professor Barnett, a well-known commentator on the media, has advised government and opposition members, given evidence to parliamentary committees and the European Parliament, and has directed numerous research projects on the media industries. He is an editorial board member of the British Journalism Review and has just completed an AHRC sponsored study on policy issues around media ownership, journalism and diversity.","sans-serif";>","sans-serif";">


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