Times's George Brock to run City journalism department

Times international editor George Brock has been appointed as the new director of journalism at City University in London.

He starts the new job on 1 September, replacing Adrian Monck, the former CBS, Sky and ITN journalist who is leaving to join the World Economic Forum in Geneva.

Brock started his career at the Yorkshire Evening Press as a graduate trainee and reporter, and joined the Observer in 1976 as home affairs reporter.

He moved to The Times in 1981 where he has worked ever since in various roles, including opinion edtor, foreign editor, managing editor and Saturday editor.

Brock said in a statement: “With the changes and challenges of digital publishing, this is an important moment for the training of the next generation of journalists.

“It’s a great honour to lead the best journalism school in the country.”

City’s graduate journalism school educates about 600 students a year – the majority of whom at postgraduate level.

University president and vice-chancellor Malcolm Gillies said: “George Brock comes to the university with three decades of work as a practical reporter, editor and manager.

“We look forward to seeing him inject a heightened spirit of internationalism into the journalism school.”

In May, Press Gazette broke the news that Monck was stepping down at City University to become the World Economic Forum’s managing director and head of communications.

He has led the City journalism school in London since 2005 and oversaw its move into new £12m purpose-built multimedia facilities earlier this year.

Broadcast journalism course director Lis Howell, a former managing editor of Sky News and GMTV director of programmes, was appointed interim head of journalism while the search for a successor was found.

Monck’s TV career since 1988 has included time at CBS News, ITN and Sky News. As a senior ITN executive he helped launch and run the Five News service.

In his new role, Monck will be based in Geneva, leading a team of 18 working on the World Economic Forum’s publications, website and social media. He will take up the job next month.

The World Economic Forum was founded in 1971 as a non-for-profit organisation that aims to encourage dialogue and partnerships between leaders.

It holds an annual meeting of global business and government leaders each winter in Davos, Switzerland.

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