Robert is the VLV Trustee for Scotland. A native of Edinburgh, he is Professor of Media Policy and Regulation at the University of Sassari in Sardinia and divides his time between Italy and the UK. He organised and chaired many Scottish VLV conferences which brought together broadcasters, regulators, students and civic society to discuss issues for broadcasting in and for Scotland. In 2007, he became a member of the BBC Trust Audience Council, Scotland and relinquished his seat on the VLV Board. Robert has given oral and written evidence to parliamentary committees in Edinburgh and London and has often been called upon to contribute to broadcasting and media industry conferences. He is committed to ensuring the right balance between accountability and independence for the media.