ICM appoints new Director of Journalism and Media Programmes

9:04am GMT, Tuesday, 17 July 2007

BJTC's Accreditations Secretary, Steve Harris, and Tom Thomas, ICM Chief Executive designate.

ICM is pleased to announce that Steve Harris, Accreditations Secretary of the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC), has been appointed Director of ICM’s Journalism and Media Programmes.

Steve’s prolific career and achievements span five decades, including – amongst others – senior roles at Pennine Radio, Southern TV, Solent Regional Radio and MyTV. Most recently, he was Co-opted Member of the NUJ Professional Training Committee and Founder Director of RTI Broadcast.

As BJTC’s Accreditations Secretary, Steve is responsible for visiting colleges and universities around the UK to accredit their broadcast journalism courses. The Council currently accredits 43 courses in the UK, however it believes this figure will grow to up to 50 by the end of 2008.

According to research from Robert Gordon University, 8% of the UK’s university population is now studying on journalism or media related courses. ICM expects this growth to be reflected in academic markets across the world and is therefore keen to provide a range of up-to-date programmes in this area.

Commenting on the new collaboration, Steve said: “I’m delighted to be ICM’s new Director of Journalism and Media Programmes. By working together, we can help to ensure that international colleges and universities provide students with journalistic training of the highest standard.”

Further information on broadcast journalism and careers guidance can be found at www.bjtc.org.uk.