The National Council for the Training of Journalists was surprised to discover last week that former deputy editor of the Sunday Express Andy Bull was jailed in 2004 for downloading child porn after the Operation Ore investigation.
Bull had been working there for some months as a freelance consultant and was sacked after Ã¢â‚¬Å“it was brought to the attentionÃ¢â‚¬ of the training body that Bull had such a conviction.
The surprising thing is that the NCTJ wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t aware of BullÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s past sooner.
In a separate twist, the Sports JournalistsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Association claims on its website that Ã¢â‚¬Å“the Sports JournalistsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Association had contacted the NCTJ in June to question BullÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s involvement in drafting the organisationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s sports journalism qualification, after the SJA was belatedly consulted about the new course.Ã¢â‚¬
The NCTJ told Press Gazette that it has no record of any concerns being raised by the SJA about BullÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s appointment.