Radio presenter delivers memorial lecture
Dotun Adebayo MBE, presenter of Up All Night on BBC Radio 5 Live, gave this year's Stephen Lissenburgh Memorial Lecture on the topic '˜Race and the Media' on 4 November.
Born in Lagos, Dotun moved to the UK at the age of 5 and went on to be a successful actor, working for and with many illustrious names including Tennessee Williams, Pierce Brosnan, Christopher Lee and Lars von Trier. He has also had a career as a journalist, including four years as Music Editor of The Voice, founded the publishing company X Press, and co-founded Britain's first general-interest black internet television station, Colourtelly. As well as his work for 5 Live, Dotun is a presenter on BBC London 94.9. Dotun was appointed MBE in the 2009 Birthday Honours List.
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About Stephen Lissenburgh
Stephen Lissenburgh was formerly head of the Employment Group at Policy Studies Institute. Stephen died in December 2004 when the Boxing Day tsunami struck Sri Lanka, where he was holidaying with his family. The memorial lecture was inaugurated to mark Stephen's outstanding contribution to research in the areas of employment and social policy, in which he had a particular focus on the most disadvantaged sections of society. The lectures also reflect his enjoyment of rigorous engagement with contemporary, and often contentious, issues and debates.
Read this obituary by Michael White from The Independent [pdf]