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Gavin Ellis holds a PhD in political studies from the University of Auckland in New Zealand. He is a lecturer, media consultant and researcher. A former editor-in-chief of the New Zealand Herald, he has a background in journalism and communications – covering both editorial and management roles – that spans more than half a century. His editorship of the Herald coincided with a period of major redevelopment of the broadsheet weekday newspaper, the launch of the Weekend Herald, and the creation of the newspapers’ Internet presence. A strong advocate of freedom of speech, he was chairman of the New Zealand Media Freedom Committee and was recipient of the British Commonwealth Astor Press Freedom Award in 2005. He was created an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to journalism. He has been a senior lecturer in media, film and television studies at the University of Auckland where he lectured on a wide range of subjects related to the news media and is a regular commentator on Radio New Zealand. He is the author of Trust Ownership and the Future of News: Media Moguls and White Knights (London, Palgrave), from which this site takes its name, and Complacent Nation (Wellington, Bridget Williams Books). He can be contacted at gavin.ellis@xtra.co.nz

whiteknightnews.com was established to provide wider access to his views on news media past, present and future. Much of the content is in the form of articles, commentaries and speeches delivered in other forums . This site is intended to consolidate in one place the material he produces.

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