Who We Are

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Key members of the MRC currently are:

Tom Mills

Dr Tom Mills is a lecturer in sociology at Aston University. He is the author of The BBC: Myth of a Public Service.

Riaz Meer
Vice Chair

Riaz is an award-winning producer and film editor, who has worked on documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4 and ITV, and edited drama series such as Waterloo Road and Casualty. He is an active member of the BECTU union and a director of Pika Productions Ltd.

Tom Chivers
Campaign Coordinator

Dr Tom Chivers is a researcher and campaigner who runs the MRC’s policy and advocacy work. Tom has worked on campaigning for reforms to BBC funding and independence, opposing the privatisation of Channel 4, lobbying the draft UK Media Bill and producing the MRC’s flagship “Who Owns the UK Media?” reports.

Natalie Fenton
MRC founder

Natalie Fenton is Professor of Media Communications. Her research focuses on the role media play in the formation of identity and democracies and how people seek to change the world for socially progressive ends. She is author of Digital, Political, Radical and co-author of Media, Democracy and Social Change.

Des Freedman
MRC founder

Des Freedman is a Professor of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, author of The Contradictions of Media Power and editor of Capitalism’s Conscience: 200 years of the Guardian.