David Short began his professional life in the media at EMAP plc, in charge of finance and planning at the magazine
division, which rapidly become the group's biggest operation through successful launches and acquisitions.
He later branched out into journalism, while continuing to work in the business of publishing. He became media
editor of The European newspaper. where he took a special interest in media development in central and eastern
Europe in the post-communist era.
He was one of the first journalists to research and write extensively about the birth and growth of reality television,
first nurtured in the Netherlands and Germany, before it became a scheduling, ratings and sociological phenomenon
in the UK and other countries.
At The European, he interviewed numerous global leaders in the media and wider business world, among them Sir
David Frost, Hollywood mogul Barry Diller, chief of MTV Networks Bill Roedy, the original internet guru and author
of Being Digital Nicholas Negroponte, the founder and chairman of global IT giant IDG (and rare interviewee) Pat
McGovern, and the late brewery magnate, Freddy Heineken.
He chronicled the spectacular rise of commercial television in the newly-liberated countries of central and eastern
Europe from 1994 onwards, and was present at the launch of channels in Poland, Slovenia, the Czech Republic,
Slovakia, Romania and Ukraine.
His strong interest in eastern Europe led to an approach at the end of the Nineties from a Romanian media group to
become launch publisher of a proposed daily financial newspaper. The paper, Ziarul Financiar, appeared on the
streets of Bucharest and other Romanian cities within 67 days of initiation of the project.
Today Ziarul Financiar (in translation, 'The Financial Daily') remains one of the strongest and most successful
newspapers in the country.
The publications and services he has contributed to include the Daily Telegraph, Sunday Times, Evening Standard,
Campaign, High Life (British Airways), The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Video Age International, Sendenkegai
(Japan), Media Week, Marketing Week, Media International, UK Press Gazette, Television Business International, Admap,
the Press Association and ITN.
He has spent some time on humanitarian work with the United Nations, serving as a UN spokesperson in Angola
during the civil war there, and later with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Burundi. He was country
spokesperson in Burundi for UNHCR when tens of thousands of refugees were criss-crossing borders in central
Africa due to the long-running regional civil war and genocidal conflicts there.
In Burundi, he witnessed the immediate aftermath of the Hutu-on-Tutsi attack at Gatumba refugee transit centre
in August 2004 that resulted in 152 fatalities, and fielded the intense global media interest prompted by the
massacre, the first major attack since the 1994 genocide in neighbouring Rwanda.
He graduated in Economics and Government from the London School of Economics and holds a Master's in Business
Administration from Manchester Business School.
David Short: Biography
David Short is an international journalist and communications professional. He has reported from over 20
countries. specialising in the latest developments in media and communications. As a media executive, he has
headed up various magazine and newspaper launches in the UK and Europe. His experience also includes serving as
a United Nations spokesperson in strife-torn African countries.
Having reported on the huge growth of media in post-1989 central and eastern Europe, he now has a keen interest
in the development of African media with the changed security, political and economic conditions on the continent.
He is currently working as a consultant on communications for the African Development Bank at its acting
headquarters in Tunis, Tunisia. His principal duties include editing the Bank's website and liaising on media
He was co-author of the first guide to the TV industry in all African countries, published at the first Discop Africa
TV programme market in Senegal in February 2009. Discop Africa is now firmly established and will next take
place in Nairobi in November 2011.
He has also collaborated with the African political risk and analysis consultancy, Leriba Risk.