PCMLP values collaborative work with colleagues at partner institutions. Below are our affiliates, whom we work and consult with on an ongoing basis.
Simon Haselock is co-founder and Director of Albany Associates. He is a pioneer in media intervention in post-conflict countries. He was the Deputy High Representative for Media Affairs in the Office of The High Representative (OHR) in Bosnia and Herzegovina, creating the organisation for broadcast frequency spectrum management and licensing and providing everyday guidance on the public presentation of policy. As Temporary Media Commissioner in Kosovo he was responsible for the regulation of both the print and broadcast media in accordance with best international practice. He also began the process of building the legal structure and ethical environment necessary to enable independent media in Kosovo to flourish. He then served as the Director of Public Information for the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK).
Prior to co-founding Albany, Simon was the Head of the Media Development and Regulatory Advisory Team in Iraq. In this capacity he has been responsible for establishing an Iraqi National Communications and Media Commission and has been involved in the development of other media infrastructure programs including training and the creation of a new Iraqi public broadcasting service, encouraging a commercial broadcasting sector and the development of journalistic ethics and professional self regulation. Simon served for 23 years with Royal Marines and was responsible for assisting in the development of media policy in the UK Ministry of Defence.
Damian Tambini is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Media and Communications, LSE and convenor of the MSC in Communication Regulation and Policy. He is an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), at the Oxford Internet Institute and at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies. He was Head of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford University from June 2002 – August 2006. Dr Tambini’s research interests include media and telecommunications policy and democratic communication. He co-edited ‘Cyberdemocracy’ (Routledge 1998) and ‘Citizenship, Markets, and the State’ (Oxford University Press 2000). Other recent and forthcoming publications include: ‘Collective Identities in Action: Theories of Ethnic Conflict’ (Ashgate, September 2002); ‘New News: Impartial Broadcasting in the Digital Age’ (edited by D. Tambini and J. Cowling, IPPR 2002); ‘Privacy and the Media’ (IPPR, December 2003).
Michael Starks is the author of Switching to Digital Television, published in 2007 by Intellect Books and the University of Chicago Press. While the book is principally about the relationship between public policy and the market in the UK, it includes international comparative study, the research for which was funded by a grant from the British Academy. Michael Starks is now also the editor of a new International Journal of Digital Television due to be launched towards the end of 2009 and to publish three issues annually from 2010.
As a leading expert on the public policy of switching entire nations to digital TV, Michael Starks has been an academic visitor to the University of Melbourne and has lectured at the Communications University of China in Beijing and at the Central European University in Hungary, as well as various UK universities. In 2008 he became a Visiting Fellow at the University of Westminster’s China Media Centre. He has also advised the New Zealand government and the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica on digital switchover policy. In 2006, with Damian Tambini and Maria Trinidad Garcia Leiva, he published an overview of switchover policy in Europe, the United States and Japan in the communications journal, Info. In 2007 he published Digital Switchover: Learning from the Pioneers in the Journal of the Institute of International Communications. He is a member of the Senior Common Room of Lady Margaret Hall in Oxford.
From 2002 to 2004, Michael Starks managed the UK Digital TV Project, working for the UK Government to plan the UK’s digital switchover strategy. Before that he directed the BBC’s initial feasibility study of digital television, became the founder Chairman of the industry-wide UK Digital TV Group, and then led the BBC’s Free-to-View Digital TV Project, which culminated in the launch of Freeview. His earlier career was in broadcasting management and Current Affairs television production, principally for the BBC. He is a History graduate of Cambridge University and studied Political Science as a post-graduate at the University of Pennsylvania as a Thouron scholar.