William Crawley graduated from Trinity College
Cambridge in 1964 and taught for two years in St Stephens College,
Delhi University, before completing a D.Phil. in modern Indian
history from St.Antony's College, Oxford.
From 1970 he was for 23 years a writer broadcaster and editor
in the BBC World Service. As head of the BBC Eastern Service
from 1986 to 1994 he was responsible for 10 Asian language services
, broadcasting to south and west Asia and to Burma. Since leaving
the BBC he has worked as a media trainer and consultant for
the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh,
and has contributed articles to academic journals in the UK
and India on South Asian history, politics and broadcasting.
is a member of the Editorial Board of 'Asian Affairs', the journal
of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs, and an Executive Committee
member of the British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia
(BACSA). From 2002-2007, he was Secretary of the Charles Wallace Pakistan Bangladesh
and Burma Trusts.
He was holder of the De Carle Distinguished Lectureship at the University of Otago, New Zealand, January–March 2007, where he delivered a series of lectures on ‘Media Challenges in Asia and Europe’.
is co-Director of the Media South Asia Project, based at the
Institute for Commonwealth Studies University of London UK, and
co-author with Dr. David Page of Satellites over South Asia:
Broadcasting, Culture and the Public Interest (Sage, New Delhi, London and Thousand Oaks 2001).
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