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Professor of Journalism, Cardiff University

Read Modern History at New College, Oxford, 1965-1968.

Business Journalist, Haymarket press and McGraw-Hill, 1968-70.

Junior research Fellow, St Edmund Hall, Oxford (D.Phil in French History), 1970-1974.

BBC Television: Producer, Nationwide, The Money Programme: Editor, People And Power, 1983: The Money Programme, 1983-5; Newsnight, 1985-7; General Election Results Programme, 1987. I also edited Budget Programmes, Local and European Election Specials and By Election Specials.

ITN: Editor, Channel 4 News, 1987-95; Editor-in-Chief 1995-2002.

Vice-Chairman, International Press Institute (1994-2002), Fellow, Society of Editors, Fellow, Royal Television Society, Board Member and Vice-President, International News Safety Institute. BBC Governor, 2004-2006 (Chair. Governors’ Programme Complaints Committee). BBC Trustee 2007-2010 (Chair, Editorial Standards Committee).

Professor Tait is currently Chairman of INSI UK.


  • –present
    Professor of Journalism, Cardiff University