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Professor of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London

Des Freedman is interested in the relationship between media and power together with the political and economic contexts of media policymaking and regulation. He was project lead for Lord Puttnam's Inquiry into the Future of Public Service Television (published June 2016) and was a founding member and former chair of the Media Reform Coalition. Books include 'Misunderstanding the Internet (with James Curran and Natalie Fenton, 2016) 'The Contradictions of Media Power' (2014), 'The Politics of Media Policy' (2008) and 'The Television Policies of the Labour Party, 1951-2001' (2003) along with edited collections on issues including media and terrorism, media and war, media and neoliberalism, media reform and the assault on universities. He has published widely on media policy and politics in the Guardian, LRB Blog, New Statesman, openDemocracy and the Conversation.


  • –present
    Reader in Communications and Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London