About me

Adrian Monck

I work at the World Eco­nomic Forum, where I’m Man­aging Dir­ector in charge of com­mu­nic­a­tions and media — ‘digital Davos’. The Forum is an impar­tial, inde­pend­ent, not-for-profit based — like me — in Geneva, Switzer­land. This is my per­sonal blog and web­site, so the usual caveats apply.

From June 2005, I headed the Depart­ment of Journ­al­ism at City Uni­ver­sity Lon­don, where I was also a pro­fessor, and was a mem­ber of the Forum’s first Global Agenda Coun­cil on Journalism.

My interest in journ­al­ism star­ted at uni­ver­sity, work­ing for the stu­dent news­pa­per, Cher­well. My broad­cast news career star­ted with a sum­mer intern­ship at CBS News back in 1987. A year later and they star­ted pay­ing me. I spent four years in inter­na­tional news with CBS watch­ing the world change in front of me: the con­clu­sion of the Lebanese host­age crisis and the Iran-Iraq War; free­dom for Nel­son Man­dela; the down­fall of Mar­garet Thatcher; the col­lapse of the Soviet Union and the fall of the Ber­lin Wall; the first Gulf War.

In 1992, I joined ITN’s News At Ten which took me from Bel­fast to Bos­nia, and many places besides. Three years later, I joined the launch team for Five News.

Five went on air in 1997, with the Brit­ish gen­eral elec­tion that ended the post-Thatcher era and brought Tony Blair to power. We repor­ted the death of Diana, Prin­cess of Wales, and every story from Kosovo to 9/11 and sub­sequent wars in Afgh­anistan and Iraq.

I also turned ana­logue news­rooms digital, pion­eered low-cost news pro­duc­tion, and did an MBA at Lon­don Busi­ness School.

At Five, I was lucky enough to spend a few years sit­ting along­side one of the world’s finest broad­casters — Kirsty Young — and a bunch of very cre­at­ive, youth­ful (well, they were then) and tal­en­ted people which — as all journ­al­ists know — “beats work­ing for a living.”

Along the way, things I did at Five, at Dun­blane, and in Bos­nia picked up Royal Tele­vi­sion Soci­ety awards. A report on aid to Rwanda won gold at the New York Fest­ivals and over­all Fest­ival prize.

Before join­ing City Uni­ver­sity Lon­don, I had a brief, but enjoy­able, spell at Sky News. The Brit­ish gen­eral elec­tion of May 2005 — Tony Blair’s last — also happened to be my farewell to tele­vi­sion news.

On twit­ter I’m (@amonck) and made an appear­ance in the Inde­pend­ent’s Twit­ter 100.

I am also a pub­lished author, hav­ing co-authored a couple of books. My views on the news busi­ness have appeared every­where from the New York Times to Al Jaz­eera.

You can con­tact me at amonck [at] rock­et­mail [dot] com