Monday / 1 April / 2019
Former BBC journalist and TV executive appointed CEO of the Journalists’ Charity.
The Journalists’ Charity today ( 1/4/19) announced the appointment of former BBC journalist and TV controller, James Brindle, as the charity’s new chief executive officer.
James brings to the role a wealth of industry insight with operational and management experience in television, radio and digital Media across the UK. He succeeds David Ilott, who retired last week after serving 22 years as Director of the charity.
James said: “‘I’m delighted to join this great organisation at a time when world events continually remind us how much we need journalism and journalists. The charity has offered a lifeline for thousands of colleagues since it was founded in 1864 and I want to make sure we’re here to help for generations to come.
“We will continue to provide support for those facing hardship across the UK and Ireland and we are also committed to helping younger journalists develop their careers. That’s why we need to attract as wide a base of support as possible from journalists and media organisations. The more support we harness the more effective we will be.”
Ramsay Smith, chairman of the Journalists’ Charity Trustees, said: “James was the outstanding candidate in a very strong and talented field of contenders and his vision and energy will be a great benefit to journalism and journalists.
“At a time when there is so much pressure on journalists and the organisations they work for, the charity has an important role to play in supporting those facing tough times as well as giving a helping hand to those starting out in their careers.”
The charity is appealing for journalists to support the charity for as little as £3 per month through its ‘Be Part of It Now’ campaign. Click to donate here.
James Brindle said: “For less than the price of a coffee individual journalists can make a real difference to the lives of colleagues needing support and also to benefit from the charity’s growing calendar of networking events.”
James’ career began at the BBC where he spent eleven years in various roles in news and programmes, starting as a reporter in local radio, before becoming a producer, winning a radio academy gold award in 2010.
After leaving the BBC James moved into the commercial sector, launching Notts TV with Nigel Dacre in 2014 before joining forces with the Kent Messenger Group and the University of Kent to launch KMTV three years later. Spin-off projects have included documentary features and a series for BBC iplayer as well as partnerships with the likes of the FA and Tennis Foundation.
More recently James has worked as an executive for independent production companies, delivering current affairs and politics content for BBC1 as well as a contract with the EU.
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