Richard initially trained and qualified as a newspaper journalist and, after his passing his National Council for the Training of Journalists Proficiency Test, became a senior reporter on the Shropshire Star evening ‘paper.
With this experience, and several years as a volunteer presenter and producer with hospital radio services, he gained a job as newscaster/reporter at Beacon Radio in the West Midlands.
He then joined British Forces Broadcasting in Germany, working in both the TV and radio sectors. Back in the UK he held senior editorial, management and presentation posts in both BBC and commercial stations.
He took a BA degree through the Open University and then an MA in Mass Communications by distance learning through the University of Leicester. His first book (with Trevor Ibbotson) ‘An Introduction to Journalism’ is used as a set text on numerous courses and training bodies in the UK and elsewhere.
His latest book, ‘Broadcasting in the 21st Century‘, was published in 2011. Richard has had numerous scholarly articles published in peer-reviewed academic journals and book chapters and won several prizes in ‘open’ competitions for scholarly papers at international conferences. He is immediate past Chair of the International Division of the US-based Broadcast Education Association.