BBC chief Helen Boaden awarded Brighton honorary degree

Helen Boaden
Image caption Helen Boaden has supported media students at Brighton university since its inception in 2006

The BBC's director of news has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Brighton.

Helen Boaden, who studied English at Sussex University, has supported media students at Brighton university for several years.

She received the award during graduation ceremonies held at the Dome in the city.

In her acceptance speech, Ms Boaden spoke of the importance of having news services the public could trust.

Advising students to trust their own judgement and be resilient and flexible in the face of economic problems, she said: "The future has not been cancelled."

Ms Boaden started her journalism career on university campus radio and joined BBC local radio in 1983, before moving to Radio 4 where she regularly presented Woman's Hour.

She became head of business programmes and head of current affairs before taking up her role as director of BBC News in 2004.

The musician Nick Cave was also awarded an honorary degree on Thursday. The poet and author Michael Rosen will be awarded an honorary degree on Friday.

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