Former 5 Live night editor Mark Wray named as head of the BBC College of Journalism

The BBC has appointed Mark Wray as the permanent head of the BBC College of Journalism. He has been acting head since May 2013. Mark’s predecessor Jonathan Baker now works in news management.

After working as a print journalist, Wray joined the BBC in 1989, working in local radio in Essex..

He spent 11 years at Radio 5 Live, most recently as editor of late night and overnight programmes.

In 2006, he joined the College of Journalism coaching radio skills.

The College of Journalism is part of the BBC Academy.

Director of the academy Anne Morrison said: “Mark has demonstrated calm authority, good judgement and the vision to lead his team effectively. I'm very pleased that he will have the opportunity to continue his excellent work in the role”.

Wray said: "I’m thrilled to be given an opportunity to continue the great work done by Jonathan and, before him, Vin Ray. I want to make sure CoJo and the wider BBC Academy are as connected as possible to the ambitious plans James Harding, Fran [Unsworth] and their teams have for the future of BBC News.

“I also want the college to play a leading role in the development of journalism training for the wider industry.”

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