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24th October 2017

Aspiring journalists from City of Wolverhampton College learnt some tips of the trade when they were visited by an ex news chief.

The BBC journalism apprentices, who train at the college, welcomed Nick Pollard, former Head of Sky News, on October 23.

Pollard, who is now a member of the broadcasting regulator OFCOM board, is most famous for chairing the inquiry into the editorial decision making at the BBC in the wake of the Jimmy Saville sexual abuse scandal.

He spoke to the apprentices about the role of OFCOM and its relationship with domestic and international news broadcasters.

The BBC apprentices have to study OFCOM’s broadcasting code as part of their training – sitting exams next year.

Lecturer Lucy Rook, who worked with Pollard while producer at the British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS), said: “Pollard’s integrity and experience of leading award winning news teams at Sky are second to none and he’s respected across the industry. My students are very lucky to have heard from him.”

The college has been accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) since 1997 and is the only accredited further education journalism training centre in the Midlands.  It has been named the best performing NCTJ further education college in the UK for six consecutive years and is helping to train the BBC’s radio apprentices across the country as well as working with the Express &  Star on its journalism apprenticeship scheme.

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