BBC director to give Staffordshire University talk

Helen Boaden (third from left) with journalism team Mitch Pryce, Sarah Rowlands and Gary Hudson.

The BBC’s director of news Helen Boaden is to give a lecture at Staffordshire University next week, writes StaffsLive journalist Jack Burrell.

The University of Sussex graduate is responsible for the online, radio and television news at the BBC.

She leads over 6,000 staff and oversees shows such as Panorama and Newsnight.

Ms Boaden is giving the lecture on Monday February 7. She will be talking to third year students about careers in the news and at the BBC.

Many at the university are looking forward to the talk from the multi-award winning journalist.

Dean of the Arts, Media and Design faculty at Staffordshire University Astrid Herhoffer said: “I am very proud of our high profile links within the industry.

“I am very pleased in many ways that she is coming here, its shows ambition to our students and gives ideas for their career paths.”

Students are also looking forward to hearing the story of how she made it to the top.

Lewis Constable, a third year journalism student, said: “I’m very excited, I’m looking forward to hearing from a journalist of her calibre.”

Ms Boaden told StaffsLive today: “New talent is something that journalism can’t survive without.

“I’m looking forward to speaking to Staffordshire students about my own experiences working in BBC news and how they might build their careers in the future.”

She was the first women to become Head of Current Affairs at the BBC, and has won many awards for her work, including a Sony Award for the best current affairs programme for her report on Aids in Africa.

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