George Brock became Professor and Head of Journalism at City University in September 2009. He began his reporting career at the Yorkshire Evening Press and the Observer, joining The Times in 1981.
After starting at The Times as a feature writer, he became a features editor and, in 1984, op-ed page editor. He was foreign editor, Brussels bureau chief, Managing Editor, Saturday Editor and most recently International Editor in his career at the newspaper. He was closely involved in many major developments including the creation of TimesOnline, and he led the team which created the paper’s first compact print edition.
He is a board member of the World Editors Forum, which organises the world’s largest conference of editors, and served as WEF’s president from 2004-8. He chairs the British committee of the International Press Institute, is a trustee of the National Academy of Writing, and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. He broadcasts and lectures frequently and reviews for the Times Literary Supplement.
His book Out of Print: Newspapers, Journalism and the Business of News in the Digital Age was published in September 2013.
Debating Matters Competition International Final 2014
"The Battle of Ideas is where we can step out boldly where the angels – or should that be demons – of conventionality fear to tread."
Nicky Charlish, participant, 2009