The BBC is slowly taking control of all the media, inculcating new recruits with the BBC ethos…another university succumbs:
A former Editor of the BBC Ten O’Clock News has joined the University of Essex as its founding Professor of Journalism.
Jonathan Baker, who left the BBC earlier this year after more than 30 years in news, is the University’s first founding professor for more than 20 years in a new curriculum area.
Mr Baker has held a number of senior positions across BBC television, radio and newsgathering, including Executive Editor Radio News, World News Editor and Head of Newsgathering. He was Editor of the Nine O’Clock News when it moved to its present, later, slot.
Between 2010 and 2013 he was Head of the BBC College of Journalism, responsible for delivering all forms of journalism training to more than 8,000 BBC journalists in the UK and overseas.
At Essex, he will be responsible for developing an innovative curriculum for undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and seeking accreditation from the National Council for the Training of Journalists and the Broadcast Journalism Training Council.
Just another ‘friendly’ place to go to get an ‘independent’ report on BBC bias…or lack of?