About Gavin Ellis


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Gavin Ellis holds a PhD in political studies. He is a 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 university lecturer in politics and media studies and a regular commentator on radio. As a consultant, he has advised on significant developments in media in 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.

The image on the homepage is the white knight from the Lewis chess pieces, carved from walrus ivory in the late 12th or early 13th century (probably in Trondheim, Norway).  A total of 93 pieces from a collection of games (including four chess sets) were found in a sand bank on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides in 1831. They are now on display in the National Museum of Scotland.

4 thoughts on “About Gavin Ellis

  1. kia ora Gavin; I will miss you on RadioNZ but it is great that you are here. I will visit regularly. One suggestion I could make is a piece on the NZH Canvas magazine, which has turned into a great read under the editorship of Sarah Daniell.

  2. Just a thank you from a lover of intelligent, informed and perceptive words – especially when tinted with occasional whimsy

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