Professor Richard Tait - M.A., D.Phil. (Oxon)
Telephone: +44 (0)29 208 75420
Location: Room 0.31B, Bute Building
War reporting, journalism and politics, broadcasting policy, political communications, journalist safety.
Journalistic ethics, investigative reporting, specialist journalism, safety and stress.
In 2003/4 I was a member of the Independent Review of Government Communications, chaired by Bob Phillis and set up after the Jo Moore/Martin Sixmith affair. Last year I joined the Hansard Society's Commission on Parliament In The Public Eye. I was for five years on the advisory board of the annual NewsXchange broadcast news conference, where in 2003 I presented the Cardiff University research project on embedded reporters.
I am currently developing, with international colleagues, a journalism safety module for use in university journalism schools.
Away from work, I ski in the French Alps, play tennis, go to the ballet and the opera when I can and try and fit in the odd trip to Stamford Bridge - but my wife Jane and daughter Rachel (age 10) have first call on my time.
‘The Parties and Television’, in Ivor Crewe and Brian Gosschalk (eds), Political Communications: The General election Campaign of 1992 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995), pp 59-64.
‘The Debate That Never Happened: Television and the Party Leaders, 1997’ in Ivor Crewe, Brian Gosschalk and John Bartle (eds), Political Communications: Why Labour Won the General Election of 1997 (London: Frank Cass 1998), pp 205-13.
‘The Parties and Television: Some Antidotes to Apathy’, in John Bartle, Roger Mortimer and Simon Atkinson (eds), Political Communications: The General Election Campaign of 2001 (London: Frank Cass 2002), pp 236-245.
‘The Right to Editorial Independence’, in Damien Tambini and Jamie Cowling (eds), New News? Impartial Broadcasting in the Digital Age (London, IPPR 2002), pp 16-23.
What future for regional television news?', Local Journalism and Local Media: Making the Local News, 2006
Journalism Safety, Journalism Practice, 2007
Weekly column on media policy in Financial Times Creative Business, 2002-2004.
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.