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It might in theory be better to have an over-arching body. I think in practice journalism in so many of its aspects is changing so rapidly that that would really be quite difficult to do. The situation that Steve was describing just now, we're in the same position at City. We are not accredited to the NCTJ and for broadly the same reasons as Steve's colleagues decided, so I won't labour the point, it's too rigid, it's too difficult for us to operate, and we did not think that it would improve our courses by doing it. And that continues to be the case and we keep that under review but we are in the broadcasting one and we're also in the Periodicals Training Council.

I think that however journalism is changing so rapidly that an over-arching or standard on organisation, even if you were just thinking about ethical training, would be extremely difficult to do. And given the state of training as I see it, I think that competitive plurality, if I can put it that way, seems to be working effectively. And therefore I don't think that -- it would be a disproportionate effort to try and produce an over-arching organisation.

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