Bob Calver is a Senior Lecturer in Broadcast Journalism at the Birmingham School of Media. He teaches postgraduate Broadcast Journalism and MA International Broadcast Journalism Courses, as well as media law.
He joined the University in 1998 and combines his work at Birmingham City University with working journalism, including editing his own magazine.
He spent almost 19 years with the BBC, working at a number of local radio stations before becoming a Home Duty Editor for the corporation’s national radio networks. He’s also freelanced in television, online and print journalism.
Throughout the Leveson Inquiry into the standards and behaviour of the media, Bob has become a regular commentator on questions of journalistic ethics. He is one of the contributors to a new book on the subject.
Through his work in the School of Media he has run training for community groups and small businesses to help them make greater use of the media and he ran a series of workshops with Birmingham City Council for representatives of local Muslim organisations as part of the Government’s Prevent strategy.
Bob also liaises with the School of Media’s academic partners in India at Christ University, Bangalore, Anna University and the Asian College of Journalism both in Chennai. He’s also led sessions on broadcast production for the British Council in a number of Indian cities and in Bangladesh.