Vivien Marsh is a full-time doctoral (MPhil/PhD) student at the University of Westminster, where she is researching the comparison between China’s official English-language news bulletin output and that of BBC World News TV. Before her return to academic life in 2013, she spent about 25 years as a BBC journalist, joining as a news trainee in the 1980s and working as news producer, editor and reporter, most of the time in global news. In a varied BBC career, Viv worked in regional, national and international news operations, in television, radio and online, including a stint in Berlin filing news and features in both English and German. She mainly wrote and edited news for the World Service, but for several years in the 1990s was also part of the team that launched BBC World Service Television News – which, as producer, programme editor and breakfast strand editor, she helped transform into BBC World. Viv later edited the World Service’s European current affairs radio programme, Europe Today, and most recently spent several years as the London-based Asia-Pacific editor/reporter. She speaks fluent German and French, also some Russian and some Chinese, which she has been attempting to learn since 2009.