Diploma in Social Science, Ruskin College, Oxford, England, 1970. Bachelor of Science in Economics with honors, London School of Economics, 1973.
Political editor Tribune, England, 1973-1978. Producer Granada television, Manchester, England, 1978-1988. Research fellow European Institute for the Media, 1989-1990.
Fellow in media University Huddersfield, England, since 1992. Guest lecturer Manchester Metropolitan University, 1991-1993. Training consultant Granada television, Manchester, 1992-1993.
Member European committee Labour Party, 1975-1978, media committee, 1980-1985. Fellow Royal Geography Society, Royal television Society.
Married Judith Jane Jones, September 26, 1986. Children: Nicholas Thomas, Emma Chantal.