Prof. Robert G. Picard is one of the world's leading academic experts on media economics and management and government communications policies. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Reuters Institute in the Department of Politics and International Relations at University of Oxford, a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, and an affiliated fellow of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, Yale University. He was formerly Director of Research at the Reuters Institute, University of Oxford, and a research fellow at Green Templeton College, Oxford. He is also on the faculties of the University of Canberra, Australia, the Institute of Media and Entertainment, IESE Business School in New York, the Center for Media Management and Economics at Tsinghua University in China, and the University of Tampere, Finland.
He is the author and editor of 32 books including Handbook on the Economics of the Media, Media Clusters: Spatial Agglomeration and Content Capabilities (Edward Elgar Publishing), The Economics and Financing of Media Companies (Fordham University Press), Media Product Portfolios: Issues in Managing Multiple Products and Services (Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers), Media Firms: Structures, Operations and Performance (Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers),The Internet and the Mass Media(Sage), The Newspaper Publishing Industry (Allyn & Bacon), Media Economics: Concepts and Issues (Sage), Press Concentration and Monopoly: New Perspectives on Newspaper Ownership and Operation (Ablex), and Joint Operating Agreements: The Newspaper Preservation Act and Its Application (Ablex).
He has written hundreds of articles on media issues for scholarly journals and industry publications. Picard has been editor of the Journal of Media Business Studies and The Journal of Media Economics. He is media and cultural economics editor for the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics. He serves on the editorial boards of numerous journals.
Picard received his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri, after completing an M.A. at California State University, Fullerton, and a B.A. at La Sierra University. He was a fellow at the Shorenstein Center at the J.F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and the Reuters Institute in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford.
He has been a professor for 4 decades at universities in Europe and North America and has served as a consultant for government agencies and ministries in North America and Europe, international agencies, investment firms, and numerous media companies and media labor organizations. Picard has testified before congressional and parliamentary committees and inquiry boards and provided expert testimony in cases involving antitrust and anticartel issues. He regularly makes presentations to media trade organizations and university groups worldwide.
He is included in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World and Who's Who in Education and numerous other biographical indexes. He has been the recipient of the Journal of Media Economics Award of Honor for lifetime contributions to the study of media economics and the European Media Management Education Association Award for lifetime contributions to media management.
He is regularly interviewed by media on issues of media industry developments. His comments have appeared in publications including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, Le Monde, The Times (London), The Globe and Mail (Toronto), The Daily Telegraph (London), International Herald Tribune, The Guardian (London), Financial Times, Neue Zurcher Zeitung (Switzerland), Folha de S. Paulo (Brazil), The Economist, Fortune, and Business Week, in reports by Associated Press, Reuters, Bloomberg, and other news services, as well as trade and professional publications worldwide. He has appeared on National Public Radio, BBC (UK), CBC (Canada), ABC (Australia), Voice of Russia, NRK (Norway), Sveriges Radio (Sweden), YLE (Finland). and numerous other broadcasters.