The BBC Academy is the BBC’s centre for training. It houses the Colleges of Journalism, Production, Leadership and Technology. As well as training our own staff, we also have a remit under the terms of the BBC's Charter Agreement to train the wider industry. We aim to share as much of our training as possible with the wider UK broadcasting industry for free. We also offer some of our courses on a commercial basis, both within the UK and abroad.
Its origins lie in a post-Hutton inquiry report commissioned by former BBC editor Ron Neil and Pricewaterhouse Coopers in 2004 which recommended a number of broad reforms of the BBC which included the establishment of a journalistic academy headed by an academic principal.
The Academy, which joined together the curricula of training in Journalism, Production, Leadership and Technology, was opened for students on December 14, 2009, offering free masterclasses online to license-fee payers and rival news media organizations.
The College of Journalism, http://www.bbc.co.uk/academy/journalism, provides a single, integrated home for all journalism training and development. It delivers editorial standards and legal training and core journalist craft skills as well as leading on international training. The College of Journalism’s website www.bbc.co.uk/journalism is a unique resource which has hundreds of pages of text and films. It’s free throughout the UK, or available by subscription outside the UK.
The College of Production, http://www.bbc.co.uk/academy/production, focuses on core editorial, creativity and production skills, together with production management, health and safety and multiplatform training and development. The College of Production website, the first of its kind for the production community in the UK, provides practical advice on all aspects of TV, Radio and Online production and is available to the production community and audiences in the UK for free.
The College of Leadership focuses on building leadership and personal effectiveness skills across the corporation; it also takes the lead in the development of business and professional skills.
The Centre of Technology‘s training http://www.bbc.co.uk/academy/technology, ranges from media-specific course, like those on High Definition television, Loudness and Final Cut Pro engineering support, to broader subjects such as software engineering and production management. A range of the Centre of Technology’s programmes are available to the wider UK industry on a commercial basis.
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