Steven Barnett is professor of communications and an established writer, author and commentator, who specialises in media policy, broadcasting, regulation, and journalism ethics. He has acted several times as specialist adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications and was twice called to give oral evidence to the Leveson Inquiry. Over the last 30 years, he has advised ministers and shadow ministers, given evidence to parliamentary committees and the European Parliament, and has directed numerous research projects on the structure, funding, and regulation of communications in the UK and other countries. He is currently running an 18 month AHRC fellowship project on developing new policy approaches to media plurality. He is on the editorial and management boards of British Journalism Review, was for many years an Observer columnist and is the author or co-author of a number of books. His last book, The Rise and Fall of Television Journalism, was published by Bloomsbury Academic in November 2011.