The BBC has appointed Vin Ray as its first director of its newly established College of Journalism.
Ray, currently deputy head of the BBC’s newsgathering team, joined the
BBC in 1987 as a sub-editor for Ceefax. He later moved on to the Nine
o’clock News as assistant producer, before his appointment as foreign
assignments editor in 1994.
The BBC’s College of Journalism was
launched following recommendations from the Ronald Neil Report to
develop a far-reaching training programme for the organisation’s
journalism. The programme plans, announced by the BBC’s deputy director
general, Mark Byford in June 2005, included a doubling of investment in
journalism training, together with the development of the virtual
College of Journalism, to provide interactive learning modules,
workshops and seminars.
Mark Byford says: “Vin has a
distinguished track record in broadcast journalism and a demonstrable
commitment to high quality training and people development. He will
drive forward the establishing of the college and the BBC’s commitment
to significantly increasing its investment in learning at all levels.”
Vin Ray will be a member of the BBC’s Journalism Board.