The BBC’s former director of global news, Richard Sambrook, has been appointed director of Cardiff University’s Centre for Journalism.
Sambrook began his career in South Wales with Thompson Regional Newspapers (now Trinity Mirror) titles the Merthyr Express, Pontypridd Observer and the South Wales Echo.
His 30 year career in journalism at the BBC culminated in his 2004 promotion to director of global news, a role he left in 2010.
Head of School Professor Justin Lewis said: ‘Richard is a leading figure in British journalism, one who is highly respected not just in the UK but around the world.
‘The School is committed to developing high quality and innovative approaches to journalism in uncertain times, and Richard will play a leading role in that endeavour.’
Sambrook joins the school from Edelman PR, where he worked as a senior media consultant.
He has previously researched the future of international reporting and audience appetites for international news as a visiting fellow of the Reuters Institute at Oxford.
He takes over from Professor Richard Tait, who has been Director of the Centre for Journalism since 2003. Tait will now concentrate on his research interests.