Tutors

Liam Fogarty, Course Director

Liam brings almost 30 years of top-level experience as a journalist and broadcaster to the National Broadcasting School.

A former News Editor at BBC Radio Merseyside, Liam spent three years as a correspondent with BBC Radio News in London, including as Home Affairs correspondent for Radio 4. He then returned to the North West to work in regional television, becoming a familiar face on screens across the region. He produced and edited BBC North West Tonight and The Politics Show. He was back at BBC Radio Merseyside by 2004 as its Managing Editor.

In 2006 Liam left the Corporation to get involved in local politics. He ran as an independent candidate in Liverpool’s first mayoral election, finishing in second place.

In addition to his work with NBS Liam runs a media production and training company – Intense Media – and lectures in Broadcast Journalism at Liverpool John Moores University.

Tim Brady, Senior Skills Tutor

Tim is a journalist, broadcaster and tutor with more than twenty years’ experience. He is a freelance bulletin editor for Bauer Radio and can often be heard reading the news on stations across the north of England. He began his career as a presenter at Rock FM in Preston while studying at the University of Central Lancashire.

Since then, he has produced and presented shows at stations across the UK, including a year as producer of City Talk 105.9’s weekly student programme, a show giving many people their first opportunity to broadcast.

As a tutor, Tim has been developing and delivering media training courses for over ten years. His former students are employed at more than 30 stations across the BBC and commercial radio.

Tom Hunter, NBS Director

Tom is a radio professional with over 33 years’ experience. After spending his early career at some of London’s top advertising agencies, Tom joined the sales team at Capital Radio in 1980. In 1984 he was appointed General Manager of sales house IRS before moving to client station LBC as its first head of publicity and promotions.

Tom launched Fox FM in Oxfordshire as Managing Director in 1989, reaching a 43% weekly reach in the stations first RAJAR and winning the Sony Station of the Year Award in 2003. He followed his success at Fox with periods as Managing Director of a number of the UK’s top stations including Radio City in Liverpool where he moved the station to its current iconic location at St John’s Beacon. He also led Radio City to his second Station of the Year Award in 2005.

Amongst Tom’s other successes were his periods at Rock FM, and Key103. He also managed emap radio’s online portfolio during the dot com boom and was a member of the emap radio board. Most recently he launched Palm FM in Torbay and then worked for CanWest in Bristol and Southampton, before becoming Managing Partner of the National Broadcasting School in late 2008.

Mick Ord, Employability Skills

Mick Ord Mick left the BBC in March 2015 after a 30-year career, starting as a news reporter in 1985 and ending up as an editor with BBC Learning at Media City in Salford.

Mick was manager of BBC Radio Merseyside for 17 years, becoming the longest-serving manager in the station’s history.

During this time the radio station was the best-performing in the BBC local chain outside of London achieving consistently high reach and share and winning numerous awards for programmes.

He has directed a number of high-profile pan-BBC projects including the largest ever survey into UK accents and dialects in 2005, “BBC Voices”.

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