Roy Greenslade Summer School

Roy Greenslade was one of John Downey’s bail guarantors.

Greenslade has been Professor of Journalism at City University London since 2003.

He writes a daily blog on The Guardian website, and also writes a column for the London Evening Standard.

During the late 1980s, when Greenslade was managing news editor of The Sunday Times, he secretly wrote for 'An Phoblacht', a propaganda outlet for the IRA, under the pseudonym 'George King'.

Greenslade spoke at a Sinn Fein conference in London on the 30th anniversary of the hunger strikes, and wrote an article on "the blanket men" for An Phoblacht.

Greenslade divides his time between his houses in Brighton and in Ramelton, County Donegal.

He is a close personal friend of Pat Doherty, who was Vice President of Sinn Fein from 1988 until 2009, and who has been publicly named as a former member of the IRA Army Council.

From 1992 until 2005 Greenslade was media commentator for The Guardian. He then spent six months with The Daily Telegraph in a similar capacity before returning to The Guardian to launch a media blog and began to write a weekly media column for the London Evening Standard. He presented BBC Radio 4's Mediumwave (1993–95) and in 1996 was the launch presenter of Britain Talks Back on Granada Talk TV. He is a regular broadcaster on media matters. He is on the board of the academic quarterly, the British Journalism Review, and is a trustee of the media ethics charity, MediaWise.

He is the author of three books, Goodbye to the Working Class (1976), Maxwell's Fall (1992) and Press Gang: How Newspapers Make Profits from Propaganda (2003).

He is the stepfather of Ronin and Californication actress Natascha McElhone

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