Steven Barnett is Professor of Communications at the University of Westminster and an established writer and commentator on media issues, specialising in media policy, regulation, journalism ethics and broadcasting. Over the last 30 years, he has acted several times as specialist adviser to the House of Lords select committee on Communications, and has advised a number of government and opposition spokespeople on communications issues. He was called twice to give evidence to the Leveson Inquiry, and has also given evidence to several parliamentary committees as well as regulatory bodies and the European Parliament. He has won a number of research grants and has directed numerous research projects on the structure, funding, and regulation of communications in the UK and other countries. He was for many years an Observer columnist, writes for the national and specialist press, and is the author or co-author of a number of books.