Purvis is married with three children.
He was Editor-in-Chief and CEO of ITN and retired in 2003 after 31 years at the company. In November 2007 Purvis became Content and Standards Partner at the UK regulator OFCOM, a position he held until 2010.
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. His appointment runs until 31 August 2019.
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.
- "Trio of Dames lead showbiz honours". BBC News. 31 December 1999. Retrieved 29 May 2011.
- "The Educational Backgrounds of Leading Journalists - Page 20: NEWS EDITORS/PRODUCERS (18)" (PDF). The Sutton Trust. 15 June 2006. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
- Wells, Matt (5 June 2003). "Purvis steps down at ITN". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 29 May 2011.
- Sweney, Mark (21 May 2010). "Stewart Purvis to leave Ofcom". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 29 May 2011.
- "Discover our Board". Channel 4. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
- "Professor Stewart Purvis". City University London. Archived from the original on 10 June 2011. Retrieved 29 May 2011.
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