Professor Charlie Beckett

Professor Charlie Beckett

Director of Polis, the Media Policy Project and the LSE Truth, Trust & Technology Commission

Department of Media and Communications

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Charlie Beckett is the founding director of Polis, the think-tank for research and debate around international journalism and society in the Department of Media and Communications. Polis runs a series of public lectures and seminars for journalists and the public as well as a programme of fellowships and research. It has a Summer School, holds conferences and publishes reports.

Charlie is also director of the Media Policy Project and Lead Commissioner for the LSE Truth, Trust & Technology Commission (T3). As well as being spokesperson for Polis, Media Policy Project and T3, and a regular blogger, Charlie Beckett is a regular commentator on journalism and politics for the UK and International media.

Charlie Beckett is the author of 'SuperMedia: Saving Journalism So It Can Save The World' (Blackwell, 2008) and 'WikiLeaks: News In The Networked Era' (Polity, 2012).

Prior to joining LSE, Charlie was a programme editor at ITN's Channel 4 News editing coverage on 9/11, 7/7 and the RTS award-winning series of live News From Africa broadcasts before the G8 in 2005.

Charlie was a senior producer and programme editor at BBC News and Current affairs for ten years making documentaries and news programmes at On The Record, Public Eye, Panorama, Breakfast News and News 24 as well as producing the BBC's 1992 Election Documentary and the obituary film for Harold Wilson. He started his career on local newspapers in his native South London before starting in TV at LWT.

Charlie is a trustee of the European Journalism Centre and a consultant on media issues to a variety of commercial and public service organisations.


Africa media; American media; American politics; blogging; development; governance; international media; internet; journalism; new media; newspapers; online media; politics; radio; television


Research interests

  • News media change, social media, media economics and networked journalism
  • Journalism and politics in the UK and internationally in the digital age
  • Journalism and terrorism, strategic communications


Current research projects and initiatives


Click here for a comprehensive list of Professor Charlie Beckett's publications.

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