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Broadcasting Today: Series 1

Broadcasting Today is designed to give students an insight into the broadcasting world, with journalists, documentary makers and presenters sharing their experiences.

The shows are produced, filmed and edited by Middlesex University students.

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Our Host: Professor Kurt Barling.

Professor Kurt Barling gained a PhD in International Relations at the London School of Economics before joining the BBC in 1989, almost immediately covering the fall of the Berlin Wall. A documentary-maker as well as a journalist, he is currently writing a book on terrorism. He has been recognised for his journalism with national awards on several occasions and has been the Special Correspondent for the BBC in London since the attacks on the Twin Towers in New York in 2001. He joined the Middlesex University School of Media & Performing Arts in November 2012.  

Mary Hockaday

Head of BBC Multimedia Newsroom

Mary Hockaday began her BBC career in 1986 and was a correspondent for the BBC and The Independent in Prague in the early nineties. From 2001 to 2006 Mary was the Editor of BBC World Service News and Current Affairs running the whole of the daily and weekly news and current affairs output for World Service, through 9/11, Afghanistan and the Invasion of Iraq. Under her leadership, World Service News and Current Affairs won a Special Sony Gold award in recognition of its 9/11 coverage and its global reputation. Since April 2009 Mary has been Head of the BBC Multimedia Newsroom.

Martin Bell OBE

Distinguished War Correspondent, former Independent MP

As one of the most distinguished foreign affairs reporters of his generation, Martin Bell was among those who defined the term 'war correspondent'. He later stole the show in the 1997 election campaign with his anti-sleaze battle against MP Neil Hamilton. He has reported from 80 countries and covered 11 conflicts. His sparse, uncompromising style of journalism won him the Royal Television Society's Reporter of the Year award in 1977, and again in 1993. He was awarded an OBE in 1992. He now acts as an ambassador for UNICEF, and as an outspoken critic of the state of journalism today.

Hugh Muir

Guardian Columnist and former BBC Correspondent

Hugh Muir is the Guardian's diary editor. He has written extensively about race, social policy, policing and London government. Hugh Muir has worked on the Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph and the Evening Standard and was a BBC Correspondent. He still makes short films for the Guardian.
 4 March 2013  - Dotun Adebayo MBE, Five Live Presenter, Author, Playwright. Watch the video.
 Dotun Adebayo is a BBC radio presenter and columnist for the Voice newspaper. His work has been published in Pride Magazine and the New Nation, as well as broadsheet and tabloid newspapers such as The Guardian, The Independent, The Times, London Evening Standard and the News of the World.
He is working on his first novel, Promised Land, an epic saga spanning 50 years in the lives of Britain's richest black family.

Sian Kevill

Former Head of BBC World News & Newsnight Editor

Sian Kevill is a highly experienced broadcast journalist and business manager, with 20 years in top level jobs at the BBC. She held overall editorial responsibility for BBC World News, the internationally available 24 hour news and factual content channel, and the award-winning BBC.com/News. She is the founding director of Make World Media, a media consultancy specialising in factual or branded content and editorial consultancy.

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