Dorothy Byrne

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Dorothy Byrne
Born
Paisley, Scotland
NationalityBritish
Alma materUniversity of Manchester
OccupationIncoming College president, Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, England
Known forHead of News and Current Affairs at Channel 4 Television in the UK [1]

Dorothy Byrne is Head of News and Current Affairs at Channel 4 Television in the UK.[2]

Background[edit]

She was born in Paisley, Scotland, the daughter of Charles and Agnes Byrne. She was educated at Layton Hill Convent, Blackpool, at Manchester University (BA Hons in Philosophy) and at Sheffield University (Diploma in Business Studies).

Professional career[edit]

She was producer of World in Action (ITV), 1992–95, and editor of The Big Story (ITV), 1995–98. In 1998 she was appointed Commissioning Editor of Current Affairs and editor of Dispatches at Channel 4.

In 2003 she was appointed Head of News and Current Affairs at Channel 4.

In 2005 she was appointed Visiting Professor of the School of Journalism at Lincoln University.

In 2019 she delivered both The MacTaggart Lecture at The Edinburgh Television Festival and the Cockcroft Rutherford Lecture at the University of Manchester.

In December 2020 she was elected as the sixth president of Murray Edwards College, Cambridge. She is due to take up the post in September 2021 on the retirement of Dame Barbara Stocking.[3]

Controversies[edit]

In December 2008 she defended Channel 4's invitation to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian President, to deliver the channel's "alternative Christmas message", saying: "as the leader of one of the most powerful states in the Middle East, President Ahmadinejad's views are enormously influential... we are offering our viewers an insight into an alternative world view".[4] This controversy saw Byrne's name appearing in various British newspapers, including The Times.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Owen Gibson, "Outraged of Horseferry Road", The Guardian, 12 March 2007.
  2. ^ Owen Gibson, "Outraged of Horseferry Road", The Guardian, 12 March 2007.
  3. ^ Murray Edwards College: "Dorothy Byrne elected as next President" December 16, 2020
  4. ^ "President of Iran to give message this Christmas", Channel 4 website, 24 December 2008.
  5. ^ Rod Liddle, "Free speech for a tyrant – how very Channel 4 ", The Times, 28 December 2008.