One of the longest serving news editors in commercial radio has been named radio news editor-in-chief of Bauer Media.
Key 103’s John Pickford takes up the newly created role to oversee news strategy and delivery across Bauer’s Place Portfolio.

Sara Wilde McKeown, the MD of Paver Smith and former commercial managing director of Trinity Mirror Regionals has taken on a new role as chair of Liverpool City Region’s Visitor Economy Board.

The newly formed body has been set up to replace the Visitor Economy Committee and acts as the region’s official tourist board.

As A-Level results get released today and the fight for top University places gets going, it’s worth noting that a number of PR and marketing agencies are now offering apprenticeships as an alternative to University.

Tangerine PR in Manchester is currently running the country’s “first industry-led” social media apprenticeship and Manchester Digital has just teamed up with the National Apprenticeship Service to create 450 apprentice roles in the next 2 years.

David Brindley, the director behind One Born Every Minute and upcoming series Educating Yorkshire, has joined the factual commissioning team at Channel 4. Brindley joins from Twofour Broadcast where he is currently series producing and directing Educating Yorkshire, which airs on Channel 4 from next month.

Martin Bryant has been promoted to editor-in-chief of technology blog The Next Web. Bryant, who was the site's managing editor, is a well-known figure on the Manchester digital scene and is also a co-founder of start-up facility TechHub Manchester.

The University of Salford has poached Paula Barrow from the University of Manchester to be its new director of marketing. Barrow, who was the head of university marketing at Manchester and previously spent nine years as director of marketing and communications at Manchester Business School, will be responsible for brand development, web and social media marketing and international student recruitment.

Manchester-based hosting company Melbourne has appointed an e-commerce specialist to strengthen its commercial team. Amy Shapiro joins Melbourne after four years with menswear boutique Intro, where she was responsible for creating and managing the brand’s online presence.

The Manchester Pet Show has appointed local agency, PurpleCow PR to run the its trade, media and digital publicity strategies.
It’s also announced that Paul Curran, the managing director of Fresh gecko productions will take on the role of event director. The former breakfast show presenter on Absolute Radio and GCap will oversee marketing strategy and growth.

19-year-old Tom Green has been named as the new weekend breakfast show presenter for Capital FM Yorkshire.

He’s previously worked on the 97.4FM Rock FM breakfast show in Preston alongside presenters, Hywel and Jamie and hosted the late night, Sunday Night Chiller for 2 years.

Helen Skelton has announced that she will leave Blue Peter at the end of September. Last week, the former BBC Radio Cumbria and Border Television presenter was revealed as the new host of Football Conference and Women’s Super League at BT Sport.
It means that Blue Peter will have 2 new hosts from next month. In July, newcomer Lindsey Russell was chosen by CBBC viewers to present alongside Barney Harwood and they’ll now be joined at the MediaCityUK studios by Radzi Chinyanganya.


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