Barry Cox

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Barry Cox
Barry Cox was born in Guildford and brought up in London. He graduated from Magdalen College Oxford with a degree in English. In 1965 he became a reporter on the Scotsman; in 1967 he joined the Sunday Telegraph, where he wrote the Mandrake column.

He went to Granada Television in 1970, where he was a reporter, then producer/director on World In Action for over four years. In 1974 he moved to London Weekend Television to set up and edit its first local current affairs programme, The London Programme. In 1977 he was promoted to Head of Current Affairs. In 1981 he took over the post of Controller of Features and Current Affairs. Between 1987 and 1994 he was a member of the board of LWT as Director of Corporate Affairs.

In April 1995 he was appointed to the new post of Director of the ITV Association, where he took a particular responsibility for ITV’s digital strategy. In 1996 he joined the board of the newly created joint venture with Channel 4, Digital 3 and 4 Ltd, which was awarded a digital multiplex licence by the ITC in 1997. In May 1998 he left the ITVA and became a consultant with ITN and United News and Media (until March 2001). In February 1999 he was appointed Deputy Chairman of Channel 4.

In January 2002 he was appointed Chairman of the Digital TV Stakeholders’ Group, and helps to co-ordinate government and industry plans for the switch from analogue to digital television. He was the News International 2003 Visiting Professor of Broadcast Media at Oxford University.

Barry has written three books: Civil Liberties In Britain (1975); The Fall of Scotland Yard (co-author, 1977); and Free for All? (2004).
Barry Cox
Digital Britain
(TV in 2014)