A 21st Century BBC: A lecture by Diane Coyle, Acting Chair of the BBC Trust

In this lecture, Diane Coyle considers how the BBC can meet the challenge of providing a universal service while media channels proliferate and its audience becomes more and more diverse. She will also examine the BBC’s relationship with the state and ask how its independence is best protected.

About Diane:

Born and raised in the North West, Diane was educated at […]


Strange fascination: image in music and politics Part Two

This is part two of  an essay by, LSE Media PhD student Ruth Garland that explores the links between our experience of  images and political communication. With democracy suffering a crisis of confidence she questions the relationship between images and political meaning through the ages. In the first part she explored the political significance of David Bowie’s images and their relationship with his […]


If you have more women in media, do representations of women improve? Report from UN Media & Gender Forum

One of the assumptions we have made in media and development in the past is that you will get better treatment of women by the media if there are more women working in the industry. Yet as LSE student Emily LeRoux-Rutledge reports from the UN Global Forum on Media and Gender in Bagkok, it’s not that straight forward. It’s the first day […]

December 2nd, 2013|Development, Media|0 Comments|

Ten years of media and communication at LSE

Polis is part of the Department of Media and Communications at the LSE which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. Polis director Professor Charlie Beckett is currently Head of the Department. In this article Monika Lang (MSc Media & Comm, ’13) gives her account of the the history of the LSE’s Department of meddepartment and offers a unique student perspective […]


An extraordinary media decade for you, me and the LSE

I am currently Head of the Department of Media and Communications at the LSE that celebrates its tenth anniversary on June 16th with a conference on “New Trajectories In Media and Communications Research”. These are my thoughts on those remarkable ten media years when I myself have changed my career from being a traditional  journalist editing a TV news programme to a Twitter-driven professor […]


International perspectives on Leveson – what the non-UK media says

Canada’s Globe and Mail claims the British press and its foes are ‘terrified’ over the outcome of Lord Leveson’s Report. The New Zealand Herald documents the ‘judgment day’ that awaits the British press. The Hollywood Reporter focuses on the implications the Leveson Report will have on the relationship between the media and celebrities.  Hugh Grant, J.K. Rowling and Charlotte Church have been vocal proponents […]


Extra! Extra! Read all about it! – What Is This Blog For?

Lord Leveson will present his report on newspaper regulation this Thursday at 1:30pm

You can get it direct from The Leveson Inquiry Website.

We’ll be live on the day with some deep background coverage – we will aim to provide you with links and commentary on the best articles and research about the Leveson Report.

This blog was set up by Polis, the […]

November 23rd, 2012|Leveson|0 Comments|

Chinese media soft power – the debate at LSE

I spent an hour  last Sunday in the London studios of CCTV, the Chinese state global broadcaster. I as there to be part of a panel debate chaired from their studio in Beijing about the crisis in the BBC. The other guest was a US journalist in Washington DC.
During the conversation I raised the issue of how accountable other […]


Some media-related questions after Obama’s victory

Some media-related questions after Obama’s victory. (Some of these are stupid, some rhetorical, and the list will grow) Please feel free to suggest more via @CharlieBeckett or in the comments. 1. Why do political journalists still treat campaigns like theatre or sport when it is now maths? (cf Nate Silver)

November 7th, 2012|Politics|4 Comments|

Polis LSE Media Agenda Talks 2012: You’re Invited

Every year we hear from about a dozen leading media practitioners as part of our annual autumn Media Agenda Talks lecture series. This year we feature top journalists, pollsters, analysts, and marketeers.

Here are some highlights for this season’s talks which are all free and open to all. Contact us at to reserve a seat if you wish.

Each talk […]