Stewart Purvis

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Stewart Peter Purvis CBE[1] is a British broadcaster and academic.

Purvis is married with three children.


Purvis was educated at Dulwich College, a boarding independent school for boys in Dulwich in South London, followed by the University of Exeter.[2]

TV Journalism[edit]

An ITN trainee who rose through the ranks, Purvis was the second editor of ITN's Channel 4 News from 1983 and is generally credited with creating the programme in its current ethos.[3]

He was Editor-in-Chief and CEO of ITN and retired in 2003 after 31 years at the company.[3] In November 2007 Purvis became Content and Standards Partner at the UK regulator OFCOM, a position he held until 2010.[4][5]

He regularly appears on the late-night press preview programme of Sky News.

Since September 2013 Purvis has been a non-executive Director of Channel 4.[5] His appointment runs until 31 August 2019.


Purvis is the Professor of Television Journalism at City University, London. In 2004-5 he was News International Visiting Professor of Broadcast Media at Oxford University.[6][5]


Purvis has co-authored 2 books with Jeff Hulbert, media historian and honorary research fellow in the Journalism Department at City University, London:

  • Jeff Hulbert and Stewart Purvis (2013). When Reporters Cross The Line. Biteback Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84954-646-1.
  • Purvis, Stewart; Hulbert, Jeff (2016). Guy Burgess: The Spy Who Knew Everyone. London: Biteback Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84954-913-4.


  1. ^ "Trio of Dames lead showbiz honours". BBC News. 31 December 1999. Retrieved 29 May 2011.
  2. ^ "The Educational Backgrounds of Leading Journalists - Page 20: NEWS EDITORS/PRODUCERS (18)" (PDF). The Sutton Trust. 15 June 2006. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  3. ^ a b Wells, Matt (5 June 2003). "Purvis steps down at ITN". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 29 May 2011.
  4. ^ Sweney, Mark (21 May 2010). "Stewart Purvis to leave Ofcom". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 29 May 2011.
  5. ^ a b c "Discover our Board". Channel 4. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  6. ^ "Professor Stewart Purvis". City University London. Archived from the original on 10 June 2011. Retrieved 29 May 2011.