24th November 2005

 

HEAD OF CHANNEL FOUR NEWS TO GIVE GUEST LECTURE

The head of Channel Four News and Current Affairs is visiting the University of Lincoln next week (Monday) to give a guest lecture as part of the ‘Journalists Speak Out on Journalism’ series.

Dorothy Byrne will give a talk entitled ‘Does TV journalism tell the truth?’ in the Cargill Lecture Theatre in the main academic building at 6pm on Monday 28th November.

Dorothy joined Channel 4 in January 1998 as Commissioning Editor in Current Affairs to edit ‘Dispatches’ and was appointed Head of News and Current Affairs in September 2003.

During her time editing ‘Dispatches’ it won two BAFTA awards, two international Emmy awards and several RTS Journalism awards. She also started up the department's multicultural current affairs initiative, which helped the channel win the Campaign for Racial Equality's Best Broadcaster award in 2001.

Dorothy was instrumental in launching Channel 4 News at noon in March 2003 to complement the award-winning evening bulletin.

Between 2003 and 2004 Channel 4 News won an unprecedented International Emmy, Bafta and RTS Journalism Award for its coverage of the Iraq war and its aftermath.

Dorothy is also a former producer of World in Action and editor of ITV's ‘The Big Story’ and prior to joining Channel 4 produced arts programmes and a history series for the channel.

Professor of Journalism Richard Keeble said: "Dorothy Byrne has many important insights into contemporary television journalism. While extremely successful she is not afraid to critique dominant news values routines. I am sure her talk will give students a great deal to reflect on."

For more information contact:

Kate Strawson, Assistant Press Officer

(01522) 886244

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