Clive Jones CBE joins stellar line-up for Journalism Skills Conference next week

The NCTJ 2010 Journalism Skills Conference is taking place in a week’s time featuring an impressive line up of speakers and participants that now includes Clive Jones CBE delivering an after-dinner speech at Cardiff Castle.

The NCTJ 2010 Journalism Skills Conference is taking place in a week’s time featuring an impressive line up of speakers and participants that now includes Clive Jones CBE delivering an after-dinner speech at Cardiff Castle.

The annual two-day conference is taking place in Cardiff on 2-3 December at the National Assembly for Wales, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Castle and Cardiff University. It is a must-attend annual event for those who are passionate about quality multimedia journalism. This year the NCTJ is working in partnership with Cardiff University, who are celebrating 40years of journalism training, and the leading media organisations in Wales.

We are delighted to confirm that Clive Jones CBE will be speaking after the dinner at Cardiff Castle on 2 December. Clive is Chairman of Netplay, the interactive television company, Sticky Moon, the new media technology and design company, Energetic Communications, the New York marketing and events company and the Wales IP Fund. He is also the sole non-executive director of S4C.

Clive started his career at the Doncaster Evening Post, where he completed his NCTJ training. He spent eight years working as a newspaper journalist before moving into television.

Until 2010 he was the chairman of GMTV and until he stepped down in 2007, he was also the chief executive of ITV News and Regions, and the longest serving senior executive in ITV. During his career Clive has been managing director of the ITV Network, CEO of Carlton Television, managing director of Central Television and managing director of London News Network. He also chairs Skillset, the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for Creative Media, and works as an honorary visiting professor in the School of Journalism, Media and Culture Studies at Cardiff University.

Clive was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Television Society in 1995 and its Gold Medal in 2007. He was awarded the CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2007 for his services to broadcasting..

The Journalism Skills Conference will include stimulating discussions about the latest issues associated with developing professional journalists across all media sectors, while also celebrating the achievements of those involved in journalism education and training. It will also be a great opportunity to network.

Last minute bookings can be made by downloading the booking form on our website and emailing it to Shevon Houston.


Thursday, 2 December 2010


1.00pm Welcome reception and buffet lunch

1.45pm Opening address

               Leighton Andrews, Minister for Children, Education and Lifelong Learning


2.15pm Welcome address

                        Kim Fletcher, NCTJ Chairman

2.30pm Question time skills debate

Chaired by Brien Beharrell, NCTJ Vice-Chairman

Alan Edmunds, Publishing Director, Media Wales

Tweli Griffiths, Political Content Editor, S4C

Phil Henfrey, Head of News, ITV Wales

Barrie Jones, Editor-in-Chief, NWN Media

Mark O’Callaghan, Head of News and Current Affairs, BBC Wales


                        Reporting devolution

                        Mike Gilson, Editor, Belfast Telegraph

Betsan Powys, Political Editor, BBC Wales


4.15pm Tea and Welsh cakes


4.30pm Transport to The Parc Hotel, Cardiff Thistle




7.00pm Drinks reception in the drawing room and library

                        Sponsored by Visit Wales


7.30pm Dinner in the castle’s banqueting hall

Presentation of the accredited course performance awards 2009-10

Presentation of the NCTJ Chairman’s award 2010

After dinner speaker – Clive Jones CBE


10.30pm           Late bar and bacon sandwiches at the hotel


Friday, 3 December 2010




9.15am Registration and refreshments


9.40am Welcome and introduction

                        Joanne Butcher, NCTJ Chief Executive


9.45am Press Association presentation


10.00am            What is a fully converged journalist?

Chaired by Richard Tait, Director of the Cardiff Centre for Journalism

Panel of ‘new world’ journalists:

Kevin Leonard, BBC Cardiff

Hannah Waldram, The Guardian

Ed Walker, Media Wales


11.00am            Tea and coffee


11.20am            NCTJ gold standard qualifications and accreditation


Qualifications update

Amanda Ball, Principal Examiner

Catherine Houlihan, Chairman and Chief Examiner, Broadcast Journalism

Lyn Jones, NCTJ Head of Qualifications


Accreditation update

                        Chris Elliott, Chairman of the Accreditation Board

Michelle Patient, Head of Accreditation


                        Group discussions and feedback


1.00pm Lunch


1.45pm Transport leaves the Glamorgan Building for the tour of Media Wales

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