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Professor Richard Collins

Honorary Visiting Professor

Richard Collins is Honorary Visiting Professor in the College of Social Sciences and International Studies. He also holds a fractional post as Professor of Journalism at City University London. Previously he has held posts at the Open University, London School of Economics and Political Science, Goldsmiths’ College University of London, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and elsewhere. He also served as Head of Education and Deputy Director at the British Film Institute. He has held fellowships and other honorific positions at the University of Antwerp (Belgium), CIRCIT (Melbourne), Swinburne University (Melbourne), Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario), the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg), the University of Natal (Durban), Temple University (Philadelphia) and the University of Southern California (Los Angeles).

His scholarly interests include the media and nationalism, broadcasting and telecommunications regulation, internet governance and the media in multi-national polities – notably Canada and the EU. His books include Culture Communication and National Identity. The Case of Canadian Television. (1990 and 1994) University of Toronto Press. Toronto. p 388, Broadcasting and Audio-Visual Policy in the European Single Market. (1994) John Libbey. London. p 177, New Media, New Policies. [With Cristina Murroni]. (1996) Polity Press. Cambridge. p 243, From Satellite to Single Market. New Communication Technology and European  Public Service  Television 1982-1992. (1998) LSE Books/Routledge. London. p xiv and 297, Media and Identity in Contemporary Europe. Consequences of  Global Convergence. (2002)  Intellect. Bristol. P 174.

Research interests

Publications 2008-date.



Hierarchy to Homeostasis? Hierarchy, Markets and Networks in UK Media and Communications Governance. In Media Culture and Society 30.3 295-317.

Lealdade Compulsória? Accountability, Cidadania e a BBC (Compulsory Loyalty? Accountability, Citizenship and the BBC). In Civitas [Brazil] 7.2. 81-107. At

Trust in the Digital World. The Return of the Kings of Old. In Communications et Strategies. N 71. 3. 57-78. At

Interview with Geoff Mulgan (Director, the Young Foundation). In Communications et Strategies. N 71. 3. 125-134.

Guest co-editor Communications et Strategies. N 71. 3.

Misrecognitions: Positive and Negative Freedom in EU Media Policy and Regulation, from Television Without Frontiers to the Audiovisual Media Services Directive. In Media, Democracy and European Culture. p 334-361 Eds. Ib Bondebjerg and Peter Madsen. (2008) Bristol. Intellect.
Wer bietet in der digitalen Welt zuverlaessige und vielfaeltige Informationen, und wie koennen Nutzer darauf zugreifen? Unterscheidliche Arten von Anbietern und ihre Funktion fuer die oeffentliche Kommunikation. In eds Schulz, W and T Held. Mehr Vertrauen in Inhalte. (2008) Berlin. Vistas. and Duesseldorf. Landesanstalt fuer Medien. p 59- 90.
Schlussfolgerungen aus der AG 2. (with Wolfgang Schulz) In eds Schulz, W and T Held. Mehr Vertrauen in Inhalte. (2008) Berlin. Vistas. and Duesseldorf. Landesanstalt fuer Medien. p 91-92.


Three Myths of Internet Governance (2009) Bristol. Intellect. P 231

Trust and trustworthiness in the fourth and fifth estates. In International Journal of Communication. 2. 1-20. At

Die BBC, das Internet und “Public Value”. In Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte 9-10 2009 32-38.  At

Online and Legacy Media in the UK. Part One: Data and Doubts. In Economia della Cultura 4/2008 523-535.

Online and Legacy Media in the UK. Part Two: A half full or a half empty glass? In Economia della Cultura.1/2009 53-68.

E-Governance and the Governance of the Global Internet. In eGovernance: Managing or Governing?  P 53-70 Eds L Budd and L-J Harris. (2009) New York. Routledge.
Media in Transition: Social Changes, Economic Upheavals, Content Developments. In Lost in Transition. Uberlebensstrategien fuer das private Fernsehen. P 27-48. eds S Pitzer and I Scheithauer. (2009) Berlin. Vistas.

Paradigm Found: The Peacock Report and the Genesis of a New Model of UK Broadcasting Policy. In The Peacock Committee and UK Broadcasting Policy. P 146-164. eds T O’Malley and J Jones. (2009) Basingstoke. Palgrave Macmillan.

Statement by European Academics on the Inappropriateness of Imposing Increased Internet Regulation in the EU. January 2009. (with Cave and others). Social Science Research Network. At 


From Public Service Broadcasting to Public Service Communication. In The Public in Public Service Media. p 53-69. ed G Lowe. (2010) Gothenburg. Nordicom.

Digital Turmoil for South African TV. (with Chris Armstrong) (2010) at  

Julkisen Palvelun Muutos on Vaittamaton Mutta Mahdollinen. In Yleisradio median murroksessa. P 109-123. Eds Leppanen, A, T-E Heino and E Mantimaki. (2010) Helsinki. Vastapaino.

Public Service Broadcasting: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. 2010. At

The BBC’s Shoot a Small Puppy Stratagem. 2010 At

Getting Public Service Broadcasting Reviews “Just Right”. 2010. At


Digital Turmoil for South African TV. (with Chris Armstrong) in International Journal of Digital Television. v 2 n 1. 7-29.

Content online and the end of public media? The UK, a canary in the coal mine? in Media Culture and Society. V 33 n 8. November. pp. 1202 - 1219.

Public Value, the BBC and Humpty Dumpty Words – Does Public Value Management Mean What It Says? In Exporting the Public Value Test: the Regulation of Public Broadcasters’ Media Services Across Europe. p 49-57. eds Donders, K and Moe, H. (2011) Goteborg. Nordicom.

The Governance and Regulation of the BBC. 2011. At 

“Postcard” 2011. At

Rupert, Rebekah and the Search for Media Ethics. In e-International Relations. 14.7. 2011. At and, as Rupert, Rebekah and the Search for Media Effix. 2011. In openDemocracy at

The Reith Mission. An episode in the development of global telecommunications and in the demise of the British Empire. in Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television. 32:2, 167-185.

The Bermuda Agreement on Telecommunications 1945. in Media History. 18:2, 191-205.

Audio description on television: past, present and future. RNIB policy paper. (2012) London. RNIB [Royal National Institute of Blind People]. At


Media Pluralism and the Overlapping Instruments Needed to Achieve it. (with Martin Cave). in Telecommunications Policy. 37, 311-320.

Ein Topf fuer Alle. In The European. Das debatten Magazin. 21.1.2013. At

Accountability, Citizenship and Public Media. In Routledge Handbook of Media Law. p 219-233. Eds Price, M; S Verhulst and L Morgan. (2013) Abingdon and New York. Routledge.

The UK digital TV switchover help scheme and how it affected blind and partially sighted people. RNIB policy paper. (2013) London. RNIB [Royal National Institute of Blind People]. At


Decriminalising the BBC Licence Fee? 2014. In ourbeeb openDemocracy 29.4.2014. At

Television, Cohesion and the EU. In Handbook of European Media Policy. p 172-186.  Eds Donders, K; C Pauwels and J Loisen. (2014) Basingstoke. Palgrave. 


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