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The University of Sussex has appointed one of the UK’s most eminent practitioner-scholars as its first-ever Professor of Journalism.

Professor Ivor Gaber comes to the University in September from previous posts at City University London and the University of Bedfordshire.

He is regarded as one of the country’s leading journalism scholars and practitioners – having become the UK’s first full-time Professor of Broadcast Journalism at Goldsmiths, University of London in 1994.

Professor Gaber’s appointment is based in the University’s highly ranked Department of Media and Film and is aimed at further developing its current teaching and research in journalism, which – although a recent development – is already gaining an international reputation.

Professor Gaber has a distinguished record in the field of broadcast journalism, particularly in the political arena. He played a pioneering role in the televising of the proceedings of Parliament and was responsible for planning BBC Radio 5 Live’s coverage of politics. At City University London he developed and led the UK’s only Masters course in Political Journalism.

He currently represents Britain on UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communications, is an Independent Editorial Advisor to the BBC Trust, and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Science.

Commenting on his appointment, Professor Gaber said: “I am very excited at coming to Sussex. I have long been aware of its distinguished record in the field of media and cultural studies and I am now delighted to be playing a role developing the teaching and research of journalism within such an interdisciplinary environment.”

Dr Kate Lacey, Acting Head of the School of Media, Film and Music (MFM), said: “We launch our BA in Journalism this September, building on the success of a suite of MAs and our growing reputation in journalism research.

“Professor Ivor Gaber is one of the most eminent practitioner-scholars in the field, and we are thrilled to have him bring his wealth of expertise and experience in political journalism to help further develop a distinctive interdisciplinary approach to the study of journalism at Sussex.”