BBC News' Stephen Mitchell to chair NCTJ Qualifications Board

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Stephen Mitchell, deputy director and head of programmes at BBC News, has been appointed as the new chairman of the National Council for the Training of Journalists’ Qualifications Board.

Mitchell, who has been on the board for a year, took over from Sunday Post editor Donald Martin at a board meeting earlier this month.

He will be joined on the board by John Ryley, head of Sky News, who has been appointed as a director.

Kim Fletcher, NCTJ chairman, said: ‘We are delighted that Stephen is giving more of his precious time to the NCTJ and is heading up our work on the industry’s journalism qualifications.

‘John Ryley brings a wealth of broadcast experience and wise counsel to the NCTJ board and has already provided valuable advice and guidance on our future strategy to meet the demands of newsrooms and the changing role of journalists.”

The board brings together all the NCTJ’s chief examiners for each journalism discipline and is responsible for the overall structure and content of the Diploma in Journalism and the National Certificate Examination (NCE).

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