Nigel Baker

Nigel Baker

Nigel Baker

Chief Executive

Nigel has overall responsibility for the delivery of the foundation’s programmes and budgets, as well as advising its board of trustees on strategy. His background is in the news industry – both as a journalist and as a manager of international news organisations.

Separately, he is chair of the Sky News Board, established to ensure the editorial independence and long-term funding of the UK news channel.

Nigel joined the foundation in 2012 from the world’s largest news agency, The Associated Press (AP), where he was vice president of business operations for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia. 

During 17 years with AP, he led negotiations with the North Korean government to open the first bureau of a western news organisation in Pyongyang in 2006. He also served as executive director of its international video wing, APTN, and restructured AP’s German-language news agency as managing director (Geschäftsführer).

He has managed media start-ups, a major acquisition, a disposal, joint ventures and change management programmes.

His earlier roles included senior editorial positions with Reuters and British TV news provider, ITN, running major field assignments in Iraq, Jordan, Moscow and the former Yugoslavia. 

He is a long-standing judge of the UK’s Royal Television Society’s Journalism Awards and has also served as a judge for the BAFTAs and International Emmys. He holds a master’s degree in multimedia computing for eCommerce from Brunel University and is a doctoral candidate at Chester Business School.

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