In the latest edition of our regular broadcast interview feature, Prolific North News, we've spoken to Paul Wheeler, the COO of MediaCom North Group.

For the next few weeks, Ian Patterson, the head of digital transformation at The Digital Consultancy is writing a Digital Transformation Diary exclusively for Prolific North.

Last week we kicked off a new series of our regular broadcast interview feature, Prolific North News.

This week we've spoken to Katie Gallagher, who has just been appointed MD of Manchester Digital.

Four months ago, we set out to identify the North's leading media and creative industry figures.

Today we kick off a new series of a regular broadcast interview feature, Prolific North News.

First up it's Scott Davies, who has just been announced as the new global CEO of social TV company never.no.

The shortlist for the Northern Marketing Awards 2014 is revealed today. Almost 200 entries were received this year, an increase of more than 35% over the début awards last year. The awards dinner on Thursday 16 October with the guest speaker John Maltby, CEO of Williams & Glyn bank, is shaping up to be the largest single gathering of the North’s leading marketers and marketing agencies in 2014.

Entries have come from a wide variety of companies, organisations, institutions and agencies from across the North and include many of the region’s and UK's biggest brands.

When I started off as a local government press officer in east Lancashire, the Accrington Observer had six reporters who were each dispatched to cover the council’s various meetings. Now the paper doesn’t even have an office in the town, writes Kevin Meagher, communications consultant, political blogger and former editor of Postcode Gazette.

Jim Rothnie, new business director at McCann Manchester, says that agencies can no longer afford to igno

“I started programming at a very early age, just simple stuff, games really. But I just loved it and I still do. Sitting on my own in a room creating and building a product - it's something I enduringly love.”

Al Mackin has been a programmer and publisher, he’s worked in-house and as a freelancer but for the past eight years, he’s been running digital agency theEword and most recently his online analysis company, Formisimo.

Marketers need to look back to the initial spark that started it all - connecting a humanly relevant idea and the heart of the business drives everything, writes Danny Turnbull, managing director of Gyro.

Business used to be viewed as mundane. Images of three-piece suits, power meetings and poorly written memorandums spring to mind.


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