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Penny Roberts
Penny Roberts
Former BBC Anchor & Chief Reporter
1990 - 2010
Tony O'Shaughnessy
Tony O'Shaughnessy
Former BBC Current Affairs Editor
2007 - 2010
our associates
We work with a number of other media professionals to deliver our training courses. They are all experienced journalists with up-to-date knowledge of how the industry works. They all have training experience and each has specific skills that we make use of to ensure our training is as practical and relevant as possible.
Marian Wyn Jones
Marian Wyn Jones

Marian Wyn Jones began her journalistic career as a graduate news trainee at the BBC in London. An award winning documentary programme maker, she broadcast widely on TV and Radio , working as a producer and news reporter for a variety of BBC Wales outlets, including Newyddion and Wales Today, in a hugely successful career that spanned three decades.  
A fluent Welsh speaker, she was educated at Tywyn Secondary School and the University of Wales Aberystwyth. Marian was appointed Head of Centre for BBC Wales in the North in 1995, overseeing a team of 120 staff, developing and executive producing programmes for BBC1, BBC2, BBC Wales and S4C as well as Radio Cymru, Radio Wales and Radio 4.
She left the BBC fifteen years later to pursue business and personal interests. Marian has been involved in a number of organisations during her career, including the Institute of Welsh Affairs, the Prince’s Trust and the NSPCC. She is currently a Council member of Bangor University, a member of the Snowdonia National Park Authority and a Director of the renowned William Mathias Music Centre.      
Rob Finighan
Rob Finighan
Rob Finighan is a broadcast all-rounder with UK network credits as an executive producer, series producer and director.

Rob began his career as a local radio reporter in South Wales and spent time "shouting the news" (as he puts it) at stations in the Midlands, before moving into television as a news, sports and promo director. He moved to London and worked as a senior news director on shows such as Business Breakfast, Working Lunch and Newsround.

For the past ten years Rob has also run his own television production company. Specialising in high quality factual programming and corporate productions, he has won many awards, including a Bafta Cymru for the BBC2 show "So What Do You Do All Day?" presented by Adrian Chiles.

Rob is now working as a training consultant for the Al Jazeera network in Qatar and travelling the world making documentaries for BBC World.
Emma Gilliam
Emma Gilliam
Emma Gilliam spent almost two decades working in BBC newsrooms across the local radio network, as a reporter, producer, presenter and news editor.

She has trained hundreds of journalists in Ghana, Somalia, Russia, Burma, Thailand and India as part of BBC World Service Trust projects, with a focus on media communication for development.

A graduate of the Cardiff postgraduate broadcast journalism diploma, Emma has used her journalism skills across radio, television, and community-based interactive programming. She has a special interest in social media and how it can enhance audience engagement with broadcast media.

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