Adrian Monck

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Monck during the World Economic Forum 2013

Adrian Monck is head of communications at the World Economic Forum and a former British journalism professor and writer on the media and current affairs.


Adrian Monck graduated from Exeter College, Oxford in 1988 with an honours degree in Modern History. At Oxford he was JCR President and edited Cherwell. In 2000 he was awarded an MBA from London Business School.

Television journalism[edit]

Monck went on to be a TV journalist with CBS News (1988–92),[1] ITV News (1992–1996), five news (1996–2004) and Sky News (2005). His work on the Dunblane massacre and in Bosnia received awards from Britain's Royal Television Society, and on aid to Rwanda won the special report gold medal, and overall festival prize at the 1995 New York Festivals.[2]

He launched and was Deputy and Managing Editor of ITN's service for Britain's fifth terrestrial network, Channel 5. The service, fronted by Kirsty Young, won awards for its new informal style of news presentation and reporting which were quickly copied by rivals.[3]


Before becoming managing director and Head of Communications at the World Economic Forum[4] Adrian Monck headed City University's Department of Journalism from 2005 – 2009. He has attacked trust in the media.

He is an advocate of extending UK TV regulation of journalism to newspapers and online media[5] but is critical of public funding for journalism. In 2006 he presented a lecture entitled Why the Public Doesn't Deserve the News. [6]

He is quoted in Bad News From Israel, by Greg Philo (of the Glasgow Media Group), Howard Tumber and Frank Webster's Journalists Under Fire: Information War and Journalistic Practices[7] and Richard Lindley's And Finally...The History of ITN.[8]


  1. ^ Whitney, Craig (11 January 1992). "Moral cowardice? One name springs to mind". New York Times. Retrieved 16 May 2008.
  2. ^ "ITN TRIUMPHS AT TOP FESTIVAL". Press Association. 20 January 1995.
  3. ^ Last, Colleen (30 March 2007). "Five Is Ten". MSN. Retrieved 15 May 2008.
  4. ^ New Head of Communications at the Forum, Forumblog, 20 May 2009, retrieved on 20 May 2009
  5. ^ [1] Archived 29 May 2005 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ [2][permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Journalists Under Fire: Information War and Journalistic Practices: Howard Tumber: 9781412924078". SAGE Publications Ltd. Archived from the original on 8 October 2007. Retrieved 7 July 2011.
  8. ^ [3] Archived 26 May 2006 at the Wayback Machine