Albany’s team of experts are available to train your organisation in the New Media Regulation Masterclass.  Speakers will be selected based on the specific requests and needs of the organisation where the training will be held.

To get an idea of what to expect, these are the speakers from the 2012 MCRMC in Cambridge:


Guy Vaughan Black, Baron Black of Brentwood is Executive Director of the Telegraph Media Group and a Conservative member of the House of Lords.He was introduced into the Lords on 13 July 2010 by Lord Wakeham and Lord Marland, and made his maiden speech on 21 July on the role of older women in civic society and the particular problems of osteoporosis.
He graduated from Brentwood School and then Peterhouse, Cambridge with double first class honours in history in 1985, having won the Sir Herbert Butterfield Prize for history.

His career has spanned politics and the media. His first political job was in the Conservative Research Department from 1986-89, which he left to become Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Energy, John (now Lord) Wakeham. After the 1992 election he spent four years in public affairs, working for Westminster Strategy and then Good Relations.

In 1996 he returned to work for Lord Wakeham as Director of the Press Complaints Commission (PCC). During his time there he was responsible for the tightening of the Code of Practice in the wake of the death in 1997 of Diana, Princess of Wales, and for putting in place the arrangements to protect the privacy of Princes William and Harry. During the passage of the Human Rights Act, he successfully battled to have special protection established in the legislation to protect freedom of expression.

In December 2003 he became Director of Communications for the Conservative Party, and Press Secretary to Rt Hon Michael Howard MP, Leader of the Opposition. He returned to the media after the 2005 General Election, joining the Telegraph Media Group in September that year.
In September 2009 be became Chairman of the Press Standards Board of Finance, the body responsible for funding the PCC and overseeing the industry’s system of self regulation. He also sits on the Advertising Standards Board of Finance (ASBOF), which performs a similar role in funding the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

Lord Black is Chairman of the Commonwealth Press Union Media Trust, which seeks to preserve and enhance media freedom throughout the Commonwealth. He has been a Trustee of the Imperial War Museum since 2007 and was appointed a member of the Council of the Royal College of Music in 2009. In 2010 he became a member of The Guild of St Bride’s, Fleet Street. He was a Trustee of the Sir Edward Heath Charitable Foundation until he resigned in January 2009.


Dieter Loraine is co-founder of Albany Associates. He has over 15 years experience of strategic communications, institution building and media and regulatory development. Prior to forming Albany he was Senior Consultant for Media Regulation with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Media Development and Regulation Advisory Team in Iraq. Between 2001 and 2003 he was Acting Deputy Director General and Director of Communications for the Communications Regulatory Agency (CRA) in Bosnia and Herzegovina – at the time, Europe’s newest converged regulator.

During his time with the CRA he also served as Special Adviser to the UK Press Complaints Commission. Dieter is credited with designing and establishing from scratch the Bosnian Press Council, the first of its kind in South East Europe.

Between 1998 and 2001 he held two senior positions as Director of Broadcast Licensing and Director of Public Affairs in the Independent Media and Broadcasting Commission in Sarajevo. Prior to working in the Balkans, Dieter ran a flourishing public relations company in the UK, following a very successful career in the Royal Marines, retiring in 1995 as Assistant Director of Public Relations for the Royal Marines in the UK Ministry of Defence.


Doug Griffin is an expert in communications and media strategy, law and policy, particularly in conflict, post-conflict and transitional environments.

He is a lawyer with expertise in drafting important legal documents and assisting with the development of communications and media law and policy. He has significant experience communicating effectively with stakeholders, including the public, government officials and the international community, about key law and policy issues.

Examples of projects include drafting a media development strategy for Somalia with input from ministries, other stakeholders, the United Nations and UN agencies and donors; drafting key legislation and regulations concerning media and telecommunications in Iraq; training senior management of national regulators of broadcasting and communications and government officials; and providing comprehensive broadcast and other regulatory advice to communications regulators and government ministries in Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Prior to joining Albany, Doug was in private practice with an international law firm in New York, Moscow and Paris.


Dr. Katrin Nyman-Metcalf is Professor of International and Comparative Law and Chair of Law and Technology at Tallinn Law School, Tallinn University of Technology, lecturing in public international, EU and comparative law with a special emphasis on communications law. Her PhD from Uppsala University, Sweden (1999) deals with the law of outer space including legal issues related to the use of space for communications. Dr. Nyman-Metcalf has published extensively on international and EU law, including on media issues and on special problems of countries in transition.

Apart from her academic work, Professor Nyman-Metcalf is active as an international consultant primarily in the area of media and information and communication technology law. Projects include regular legal analysis of media and communications legislation for the OSCE, EU legislative projects, support to the judicial sector in Palestine on media and data protection issues, work on setting up regulatory systems and professional training especially for post-conflict societies (like all parts of the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia). Other projects include being team leader for an EU project on support to the Albanian National Agency for Information Society; drafting of communications and infrastructure legislation in Serbia; support to e-governance in Albania and Kosovo; training on communications legal issues with special emphasis on digitalisation as well as other modern ICT in e.g. Armenia, Jordan, Moldova, and Turkmenistan as well as a number of legislative analyses covering communications legislation of e.g. Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.


Michael Starks is an Associate of Oxford University’s Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy. He is the author of Switching to Digital Television (Intellect Books, 2007), a book analysing the relationship between public policy and the market required to achieve digital switchover, and the Editor of The International Journal of Digital Broadcasting.

Michael Starks managed the UK Digital TV Project from 2002 to 2004, working for the UK Government to plan the UK’s full switch to digital television. Prior to that, he led the BBC’s Free-to-View Digital TV Project, which culminated in the formation of Freeview, and the BBC’s initial feasibility study of digital television. He was also the founder Chairman of the industry-wide UK Digital TV Group.

His main career was with the BBC, initially as a television Current Affairs producer and later a senior manager. He was also a regulator of commercial radio at the Independent Broadcasting Authority.

Since 2005 he has been in Oxford. He has been an academic visitor to the University of Melbourne in Australia and has lectured there and in New Zealand, where he has been a consultant to the New Zealand government. He has been a Research Fellow at the University of Westminster’s China Media Centre and has lectured at the Communication University of China in Beijing. He has also undertaken consultancy work for the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica, the National Communications Authority of Ghana and the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation – as well as for Ofcom in the UK.

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