RICK THOMPSON Curriculum Vitae
April 97 - present. Director "T-Media", a consultancy specialising in the development of broadcast journalism in Europe.
Jan 1997 - April 97 Managing Editor Commissioning, BBC World Service. Organising the restructuring of the World Service, under which Bush House would buy-in its News and Current Affairs, Programmes in English, and Resources, from other BBC departments.
1994 - 97 Editor Newsgathering, BBC World Service. Appointed to set up and manage a new 'bi-media' department, providing the international coverage to all World Service Radio outlets, and World Service Television's 24-hour news channel, 'BBC World'.
1993 - 94 Head of News and Local Programmes BBC Midlands, managing two Regional TV stations and nine Local Radio stations.
1986 - 93 Head of News and Current Affairs, BBC Midlands. Responsible for coordinating radio and TV journalism across all the BBC Regions; introduced newsroom computers. RTS awards for Best Regional Current Affairs (1986) and Best Nightly News Programme (1988). In 1990 set up a new BBC Region for the East Midlands in Nottingham. Three years later, East Midlands Today won the RTS award for best nightly news programme.
1982 - 86 Assistant Editor, BBC TV News, with three years as Editor of the Nine o'Clock News. BAFTA nomination for the edition on the night of the US raid on Tripoli.
1982 Development Projects Editor, BBC News. Led a strategic study about continuous news services, and produced pilot international TV programmes with Reuters and Visnews.
1979 - 82 BBC Foreign Editor, Television. Restructured the department, organising the transition from film to tape, and introducing satellite newsgathering. Four RTS Awards for coverage during the period, including the Iranian Revolution and the Falklands War.
1978 - 79 Deputy Foreign Editor.
1974 - 78 News Organiser, BBC TV News London.
1969 - 74 Journalist with BBC Midlands. Radio and TV Reporter and Current Affairs Producer. Sport presenter and TV News reporter. Produced and presented TV wildlife programmes. Producer of nightly news programme "Midlands Today".
1966 - 69 St Catherine's College, Oxford. MA in English. College President.
1966 Assistant Copywriter at Bloxhams Advertising Agency in London, writing press campaigns and producing TV commercials.
T-Media: Broadcast Training and Development.
Over the past few years, Rick has led many training and development missions in Europe, including projects in Poland, Romania, Czech Republic, Portugal, Switzerland, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, France, Germany, Greece, Armenia and Serbia. He has conducted consultancies for broadcasters in Albania, Norway, Netherlands, Serbia and Slovenia, and for international NGOs.
As a specialist in the use of the English language in news programmes, he is the author of "Writing for Broadcast Journalists", published by Routledge. In 1997 Rick was appointed Visiting Professor in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Central England, now Birmingham City University.
Between 1997 and 2001 he was the Training Coordinator for Circom, Europe's association of regional television.
T-Media is the UK Associate of Mostra Communication in Brussels, which conducts audio-visual production and media-relations for several directorates of the European Commission. Rick is also an associate tutor for Media Minds, the Oxford-based Media Training organisation.
Environment: Rick has a lifelong interest in wildlife and conservation. For five years he was a member of the Council of the RSPB, (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds). Sport: was captain of college football and cricket at Oxford - now a decrepit spectator. Theatre, Music, and Media: a regular member of the Royal Television Society Judges' Panel, member of the UK Radio Academy, and on the training committee of the Society of Editors; also a committee member of the Rory Peck Trust which provides benefits to the families of freelance news cameramen. Between 1999 and 2002, Rick was Chairman of the British Section of the AEJ - The Association of European Journalists.