By Kate HardingKate HardingKate is a former journalist who covered the world of journalism for the last 25 years.
She was a journalist in her mid-twenties when she decided to take a job with the BBC in 2004.
The BBC was one of the few British broadcasters in the 1980s to have a TV newsroom, with more than 20 reporters working there.
Kate says she didn’t expect much from her new job, but she was impressed.
Her first assignment was to cover the tsunami in Japan, in which she was assigned to travel to Fukushima.
“The BBC had a lot of Japanese news teams, but they didn’t have the staff to handle the tsunami,” she says.
“I was really impressed by how quickly the tsunami reached the Pacific, and how it was covered by the BBC.
I’d never seen it on the news.”
At the time, the BBC was a news operation, and so its news team was mostly staffed by the English language team.
Kate says she was surprised to learn that most of the news in Japan was written in Japanese.
“I thought, ‘Oh, that’s great, but this is not the way I want to work.
I’m going to work with a Japanese news team’,” she says, recalling her first day on the job.”
But I was blown away by the news they were able to put out.”
A year later, she was working on a story on a group of students in Germany.
Kate worked for an independent German news agency, the Deutsche Welle, and at the time had an open-ended contract that allowed her to switch jobs, but was subject to a three-year waiting period.
In 2002, Kate left the BBC for a job at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, where she stayed until 2007.
But in 2007, the Japanese government passed a law that required broadcasters to carry on with their coverage of Fukushima, and the BBC, which was based in New York, began to move its coverage of the disaster to Tokyo.
“At that time, there was no news at all coming out of Japan, so the BBC and the broadcasters were essentially just being pushed to the sidelines,” Kate says.
“There was no real news, and that was pretty frustrating for me, but it was also very liberating because I had the freedom to do what I wanted to do.”
Kate is now a research fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research, an independent think tank.
She has written more than a dozen papers and articles on the topic of news bias.
Her work has appeared in more than 100 journals and is regularly cited by news outlets and other experts.
The ABC is still a part of the BBC today, with the network reporting on Japan’s response to the Fukushima crisis.
Kate is also the editor of the Australian Journal of Social Policy, which focuses on social issues such as inequality, inequality and health.
She is also a lecturer in journalism at the University of Sydney.
Kate’s most recent book is The Case for Bias: Why the BBC Has No Clue What to Do About It, published by Macmillan.