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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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Cumbria university honour for broadcaster John Myers

Media mogul John Myers is to receive an honorary fellowship from the University of Cumbria.

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John Myers

The Carlisle broadcaster and executive is to receive the accolade as recognition of his outstanding contribution to radio. He will also become a visiting professor.

Mr Myers said that he was delighted to be receiving the honour, which will be handed over during a presentation at Carlisle Cathedral on July 18.

He added: “To be recognised by my own city and county is very special indeed. I also look forward to working with the university and its media students.”

Mr Myers, born and raised in Carlisle, is widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in radio. He began his broadcasting career at BBC Radio Carlisle in 1982. He later became a presenter on Border Television before launching CFM Radio in Carlisle in 1993 and going on to become boss of Guardian Media Group Radio.

In 2009, he was asked by the Labour Government to conduct a review of local radio. A number of his recommendations were later taken forward into the Digital Radio Act of 2010.

Last year, he reviewed the BBC’s national popular music radio stations, including Radio 1 and 2.

Earlier this year he was commissioned by the BBC to review its local radio services. His report recommended a reduction of the proposed cuts to local services. This was endorsed by the BBC Trust.

Mr Myers recently resigned as chief executive of The Radio Academy.

University vice-chancellor Peter Strike said: “It is a real pleasure to have John Myers joining our community of honorary fellows.

“His skills as a radio broadcaster are legendary and we are delighted that he has also accepted our invitation to become a visiting professor, working with our media students to develop their skills for the broadcasting industry.

“They will benefit hugely from the experience and enthusiasm that John brings.”

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