Jonathan Baker to leave the BBC

Jonathan Baker Jonathan Baker has been editor on all of the BBC's flagship bulletins

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Jonathan Baker, who was head of the BBC College of Journalism, has decided to leave the corporation.

Currently on attachment with BBC News, he has previously been executive editor at 5 live news and the BBC radio newsroom.

Baker was also an editor on all of the BBC's flagship bulletins, overseeing the One and Six O'Clock News in 1997, before moving on to the News at 10 until 2001, during which the programme moved from its previous 9pm slot.

He was then appointed editor at BBC World News where he became responsible for foreign news coverage of events including the September 11 attacks, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the 2004 tsunami.

After a four-year period as deputy head of newsgathering, he became head of CoJo in 2010, where he was in charge of the training for all of the 5,500 journalists at the BBC.

A well-known figure at BBC News, Baker temporarily worked at Newsnight after it came under fire for dropping a report into the late DJ Jimmy Savile and for wrongly linking Lord McAlpine to a sex abuse inquiry.

He has also provided support for news and current affairs director James Harding, who joined the BBC last August.

BBC Academy director Anne Morrison said: "It's testament to his experience and professionalism that he has been much needed in News during the interregnum between directors and during James Harding's first few months in post. He will be greatly missed and I am hugely grateful to him."

Baker will leave the BBC in the next few weeks. Mark Wray will continue as acting head of CoJo until a successor is appointed.

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