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Maggie Brown


Media Writer

Maggie Brown is a well known media journalist and commentator, who has covered the sector for twenty five years for a range of national newspapers and magazines. She writes engagingly, but with authority, about the programming and the industry. Since 1995 she has been a mainstay of the Guardian’s media section and web site, a columnist for The Stage newspaper and other outlets including PR Week and Media Week. In 1986 she was one of the founder journalists of The Independent, and worked as its first media editor between 1986 and1995. She was educated at Colston’s Girls’ School, Bristol and Bristol University (BA History Hons) and the University of Cardiff’s post graduate journalism course, joining the Birmingham Post & Mail as a graduate trainee. She subsequently worked for Reuters, and The Guardian, 1980-1986. She is the author of A Licence to be Different – The Story os Channel 4, a history of the broadcaster spanning its first 25 years, published November 2007. She has written a paper for the European Media Forum on the formation of Ofcom, a book on radio and worked as a media consultant. She is a trustee of the Sandford St Martin Trust, which promotes excellence in religious broadcasting. Married, with four children, she lives in Dulwich Village, South London.