The broadcasting networks are hungry, nay, ravenous for trained journalists.
The UK alone has upwards of 200 local commercial radio stations pulling in more listeners and revenue from advertising than ever before. These are competing with regional and national independent services, new digital multiplexes, with stations broadcasting in near CD-quality, a growing legion of small community stations, and – in a single year alone – more than 900 temporary stations.
And that’s before we get on to the BBC, with its five national radio services, some forty local stations and a further seven serving Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Despite cutbacks, BBC local radio puts out some 200 000 bulletins a year.