Chris Cramer is an international media executive with more than 40 years experience in global broadcasting. He has led the world’s largest newsgathering organisation at the BBC where he brought together the huge radio and television newsgathering services into a single and powerful operation.
He then developed the world’s most influential, profitable and widely distributed news channel, CNN International where he helped the organisation respond to the transition to digital broadcasting, making CNN the leading news operator in the employment of video and cell phone newsgathering and broadcasting.
He has also spent more than five years in senior executive roles at Reuters where he launched an innovative broadband service for financial professionals and oversaw the integration of Reuters TV, Pictures, and Reuters.com editorial staff. He is currently an Editor at Large for Reuters.
Few major news stories have passed without Chris Cramer playing a central role, most notably the Falklands War, both Iraq Gulf Wars, the Lockerbie bombing, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Death of the Princess of Wales, the Arab Spring and CNN's coverage of the Asian Tsunami for which he won a coveted 'DuPont Award'. In 2007 he was honoured by the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA) with a lifetime achievement award for his services to journalism.
Chris Cramer is an advocate and authority on African Journalism having been president of the CNN African Journalism Competition for 11 years.
He is President and a founding member of the International News Safety Institute (INSI) the global organisation devoted to the ethical treatment and safety of journalists. He is also a Fellow of Britain’s Royal Television Society. Recently much of his time has been committed to bringing the industry together to ensure the protection and training of journalists who work in hostile environments.
Chris has written and contributed to many books. His first book 'Hostage' is an eyewitness account of the 1980 London Iranian Embassy siege when he was seized for two days and released before the embassy was stormed by Britain’s Special Forces.
Chris continues to write about media matters for newspapers and magazines and is regularly a keynote speaker at major international media events. He specialises in new media and transformation and is an accomplished – and hugely amusing – after dinner speaker.