Vivienne came to Mediawatch-UK after 17 years in the book publishing industry where she handled the publicity, brand building and crisis management for a wide range of authors and companies. It was concern for the media that her children were exposed to which led her to Mediawatch-UK and made her think seriously about the media in this country.
“I spent 17 years in the publishing industry and worked at or for many of the big publishers. My role was always to represent authors, books and the companies I worked for to the media. Sometimes this meant seeking media coverage and sometimes it meant damage limitation when things didn’t go exactly as we’d hoped. I was in touch with journalists, producers and editors on a daily basis and so I know how the media works and I also understand how the pressure to increase market share can lead to boundaries being pushed and inappropriate, unacceptable and harmful material being produced.”
Dave Chesney – Chairman
Dave joined as Chairman in 2011. Born and bred in Essex, Dave spent 21 years in banking and finance, working the in City of London and Canary Wharf towers. In 2008 he was ordained as an Anglican Priest and is currently serving in a church in London’s East End. Dave enjoys cycling, cinema and watching most sports. Married to Sarah, they have two teenage daughters.
Sam Burnett – Secretary
“A whippersnapper on the mediawatch-uk Executive Committee, I’m a recent graduate of Bangor University in North Wales. There I was Students’ Union President for two years, following which I spent a year working for a prominent MP in Westminster.
Those experiences have taught me the importance of people of principle, being involved in the political processes, and doing what we can to shape our cultural environment. The work of Mediawatch-UK might not be glamorous or sexy, but it’s at the very front of standing up to an indifferent media. I hope that during my time here I will see more and more young people being empowered to stand up for what they believe in and influencing the world.”
“I joined as Promotions & Development Manager in 2007. As a mother of three children, I am committed to campaigning to improve the protection of children from violent and obscene images both on television and the internet.
It is not enough to help children know what to do when they have come across such images, we must consider the protection of our children from such material ‘that might seriously impair the physical, mental or moral development of persons under the age of eighteen‘ – as defined by the latest regulations.
To some degree we may be seen trying to shut the gate after the horse has bolted, in relation to children growing up today. However I believe we must work hard to ensure that children of tomorrow have adequate protection from potentially harmful media.”
Marion hails from Yorkshire and is married with a grown up daughter. She now lives in Leicestershire where she works as a Family Learning Coordinator in local schools; a role which gives her first hand experience of the effect of the media on families and the important role Mediawatch-UK plays in highlighting these issues. Marion’s hobbies include gardening, reading, cooking for friends, crosswords and travel.
“I was born, and have lived most of my life, in London, although I have lived abroad as a child both in West Africa and Guyana and South America. I attended University in Bradford and currently work for Royal Mail Group plc.
One of the key areas with which I have developed a deep concern is the degeneration in standards on TV, especially in the areas of sex and bad language. At times I have written letters of complaint with mixed results.
Some years back I felt I ought to become actively engaged in the support of the National Viewers’ and Listeners’ Association, as it was then. My particular area of involvement is in monitoring programme content, which I still combine with letter writing.
I would encourage anyone visiting this website with similar concerns to join with us in seeking to positively promote higher standards of taste and decency in our media. Quite simply the more of us then the more our impact and the greater will be our effectiveness.”
“I have worked in the Press, Public Relations and the Media Business for decades, both in an honorary capacity and as an occupation at local, regional and global level.
Bad language, sex, violence, etc are increasing every day in homes, workplaces and the community at large. The media seems to be condoning such behaviour by making it the norm rather than an exception. My company, MP Media Services, and I wholeheartedly support Mediawatch-uk in its endeavour to challenge the media’s bad practices for profit by encouraging broadcasters to put back “family values” and make good wholesome programmes which the family can watch and enjoy together.
As an Executive Committee member, I regard it as an honour and a privilege to contribute to this decision-making process for the sake of future generations. Each one of us has to ask a soul-searching: “Can one person make any difference?“
Jo is from Hampshire and now lives with her husband in Kent. She works as a fundraiser for Mission Aviation Fellowship.
“Having maintained an interest in politics and current affairs for many years, I graduated from Birmingham University with a European politics degree and a desire to engage in public debates. Passionate about written and visual media, I believe wholeheartedly in the power of words and images to inform and grow our society; not defile and seduce it.
The media has gained more influence over our society than many would have ever imagined, and to take a stand against its potential harm is an eye-opening and inspirational opportunity. It is a great privilege to be a part of Mediawatch-UK and I greatly look forward to sharing fundraising ideas, supporting the vision and enabling the mission of Mediawatch-UK in the coming months and years to campaign for a cleaner, safer media landscape in our time.”