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UEL academic joins Content Board for UK communications regulator

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I will champion viewers and listeners, he says

A University of East London academic has joined broadcast watchdog Ofcom which advises on a range of content issues and broadcast standards.

A former BBC broadcast journalist and producer with extensive links to the London community, Dekan Apajee is also a senior lecturer in sports journalism and joint course leader for the journalism cluster in the School of Arts and Creative Industries.

He joined five other new members of the Content Board which will advise the main Ofcom board on issues surrounding quality and standards for TV, radio and video-on-demand, including harm and offence, accuracy, fairness, and more recently, online harms.

The board is charged with understanding, analysing and championing the voices and interests of viewers and listeners.

Mr Apajee said, “I’m pleased and proud to have taken up this role. This is a genuine opportunity to help guide and shape the ever-changing media landscape.  

“Having worked with the BBC at a doorstep level, dealing with people’s everyday stories and concerns, I’m hoping to inform and contribute what I believe people are demanding from their broadcasting services.

“At a time when competition, streaming services and the need for greater diversity are forcing change at a rapid pace, it has never been a more important time to establish common ground and common understanding.”

Dekan joined the BBC as a radio studio manager in 2002 before progressing to broadcast journalist and producer, working for several departments including BBC London, BBC News Channel, BBC London 2012 and BBC Comedy.

He produced community-focused digital content ahead of the London 2012 Games, before starting his own training and production company, Allsortz Open Mic.

The 19-strong board meets six times a year and he will serve for an initial three-year term.