MST appoints Roger Graef as acting chair

Roger Graef has been appointed as the new acting Chair of the Media Standards Trust.

Sir David Bell suspended resigned his chairmanship of the Trust following his appointment to the Leveson Inquiry. The Media Standards Trust Board asked Roger Graef to act as chairman in his absence.

“I look forward to building on the great work of David and the Trust’s Board and team,” Roger Graef said. “The Trust has achieved a remarkable amount in the last five years, culminating in some of the achievements of the last 5 weeks.”

Martin Moore, director of the Media Standards Trust said: “The Media Standards Trust has benefitted hugely from Sir David Bell’s wisdom and experience. Roger Graef’s understanding of the media, the police and current affairs is unparalleled and his insights will be critical in informing the Trust’s work over the period of the inquiry.”

Roger Graef is a writer, filmmaker, broadcaster and criminologist. Having made many films for both Granada and the BBC as a freelance, he founded his independent production company, Films of Record, in 1979, and won many awards for films on difficult social issues and criminal justice.

He was given the BAFTA Fellowship for Lifetime Achievement in 2004. In 2006 he was awarded an OBE for services to television.

He is the author of, Talking Blues – The Police in their own words, Living Dangerously- Young Offenders in their own words and Why Restorative Justice?. He appears regularly on Radio 4, and writes for the Mail, the Mail on Sunday, The Guardian, The Independent, the Sunday Times, and the Daily and Sunday Telegraph. He was Times Media Columnist from 1992-94.

He lectures frequently on media ethics. He was Visiting Professor of Media and Communications at Oxford University, and is now Visiting Professor at the Mannheim Centre for Criminology at the LSE and Visiting Professor at the Media School at Bournemouth University. Since 1999 he has been an Independent Advisor to the Metropolitan Police on race. He has been Chair of the theatre company Complicite for twenty years.