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Ashley John-Baptiste announced as first RTS Bursary Schemes ambassador

Ex-Bacon's student Ashley John-Baptiste has been been selected as the first ambassador for the Royal Television Society's bursary scheme supporting students in the field of broadcasting and entertainment.

Ashley is an ex-Bacon's student who overcame a number of issues to secure a place at Cambridge to read History and was a member of The Risk on The X Factor before leaving to pursue a career in journalism.

Ashley is now an RTS nominated BBC broadcast journalist and Digital Senior Reporter for BBC News. He began his BBC journalism career as a reporter for BBC Two's Victoria Derbyshire programme covering the Grenfell disaster and making original BBC films on issues including interfaith foster care, bullying, and racism on UK university campuses. More recently, he has also co-presented The One Show and For Love Or Money.

We are hugely proud of Ashley's achievements and look forward to hearing more about his work in developing diversity and opportunities for under-represented groups in the media industry.