We're delighted today to release full details of the MMU/Prolific North Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Communications Management, as first revealed last month. Subject to validation on 2 September, we are in the position to confirm course content, timing and the fantastic array of industry leaders who have confirmed their involvement.

Simon Wilson has been appointed head of digital at Leeds digital agency home james. Wilson was formerly the chief operating officer at Bloom, where he was also on the board, before what was described as an amicable departure earlier this year.

Tributes have been paid to Tony Metcalf, a former Northern Echo assistant editor who went on to a high-flying career in international journalism, who has died of cancer. Metcalf, who was 50, leaves a wife and two children, aged 18 and 10.

Swiss data hosting company Artmotion has appointed PR Agency One to support its international expansion plans. The Manchester-based PR agency has been tasked with implementing an international communications strategy to highlight the services offered by Artmotion and demonstrate how corporations can benefit from Switzerland’s approach to privacy and security.

Former North West Tonight anchor Gordon Burns has retired from broadcasting after quitting his weekend BBC radio show. Burns' last ever Sunday morning show on BBC Radio Manchester and BBC Radio Lancashire went out yesterday.

The National Union of Journalists has stepped in after the EDL wrongly accused a trainee reporter at the Doncaster Free Press of “ripping up flowers” laid in honour of drummer Lee Rigby.
It stems from an English Defence League and Unite Against Fascism rally which took place in Sheffield 6 weeks ago.

Veteran broadcaster, Alan Whicker has died, aged 87. A spokesperson said he was suffering from bronchial pneumonia. His television career spanned almost 60 years and he will be best remembered for the long-running television series, Whicker’s World.

However, Whicker was also instrumental in founding Yorkshire Television in 1968 as a major shareholder in the consortium.

The longest running sponsorship deal in top flight football has been extended further, with Carlsberg signing a new 3 year contract.

"Our relationship with Liverpool FC started in 1992. It was Carlsberg's very first connection to English football - an affiliation which has grown significantly,” said Mike Thompson, marketing director for Carlsberg.

There will be 2 new faces on Manchester Digital’s council, following the results of its election.
Diane Erskine, the managing director of Reading Room and Duncan Hall from the University of Manchester’s School of Computer Science will join the 12-strong advisory team.

Three years since it was established, content supplier, Copify, has appointed its first full-time employee.

Based in Lancaster, the firm claims to be the country’s biggest supplier of web content and the last 12 months have seen a major surge in demand.


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