Professor Hu Zhengrong (Communication University of China)


Wednesday 5th April    The Past and background: Chinese media change and its context   

Room RS358 309 Regent Street   

Wednesday 10th May    The present and its problems: Chinese mediastructure and the policy system   

Room RS358 309 Regent Street    Saturday 3rd June    Reform and the future: The cultural system and thepossible outcomes    Room RS451309 Regent Street   

All lectures will run from 14.00 to 17.00.  Entrance is free.  The lectures and discussion will be in English.

Dr. Hu Zhengrong is Professor of Communication and Director of the National Center for Radio & TV Studies. He also serves as the Executive Dean of the Graduate School Communication University of China. Professor Hu researchareas are media policy and institutional transition, media development strategy, media management, and political economy of communication.     Hu holds a doctorate from the Renmin University of China (1999) anda bachelor's degree from Beijing Broadcasting Institute (1986). He haschaired and accomplished research projects in China from the National SocialSciences Foundation, the National Commission of Reform and Development, the Ministry of Education, the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT), and Beijing Municipal Government.    

He has published papers on Chinese media in transition for numerousleading Chinese journals including the Chinese Broadcasting Academic Journal and Modern Communication. He is the author of several influential books asMedia Reality and Beyond (2004) and Media Management Renovation (2000), etc.     Hu is a consulting expert for Chinese media policy makers as the National Development and Reform Commission, the State Administration ofRadio, Film and Television and so forth; member of the Expert Committee of Courses Development and Disciplines Establishment, Ministry of Education;member of the Evaluation Committee, China Studying Abroad FoundationCouncil; member of the Expert Committee of Post-doctor Program Evaluation, Ministry of Labor and Human Resources; member of the Standing Committee of the Beijing Journalists Association; member of the editorial committee ofMEDIA ASIA magazine, Singapore; member of the Advisory Committee of the AsiaMedia, Information and Communication Center (AMIC); vice-Chair of the Communication Association of China.     Dr. Hu was a research fellow at Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (2005). Currently he is the Leverhulme Visiting Professor at the China Media Centre of the University of Westminster.