8th September 2005




A former MEP is to be honoured for her work in culture, media and broadcasting by the University of Lincoln next week.


Professor Carole Tongue served as a Labour member of the European Parliament for London East from 1984 until 1999, during which time she was spokesperson for the Socialist Group on culture, youth, education, sport and the media.


In 1997 Professor Tongue was appointed as European Parliament link member to the UK government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport and between 1989 and 1991 she was deputy leader of the European Parliamentary Labour Party.


Between 1994 and 1999 she was the European Parliament’s spokesperson on public service broadcasting and author of the Parliament’s report on the future of public service broadcasting in the digital age.


In addition to her work at the European Parliament, Professor Tongue was a member of the board of the London Film and Video Development Agency and a member of an EU high level group on cultural diversity in the audiovisual sector for the European Federation of Film Directors.


She is now chair of the London Regional Awards Committee of the Community Fund and a National Board Member of the Community Fund.


She is also Visiting Professor at the London College of Printing Media School and in February 2001 joined Citigate Public Affairs as a consultant to advise a number of clients on UK and EU issues.


Professor Tongue has written a number of articles and book chapters on European audiovisual policy, public service broadcasting and cultural policy and has co-produced The Fleeting Opera on the River Thames with The Couper Collection and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.


During the undergraduate awards ceremony at Lincoln Cathedral starting at 7.30pm on Wednesday 14th September she will be presented with an honorary Doctorate of Arts from the University of Lincoln.


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