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Roscoe Lecture: Roger Phillips

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For 20 years, LJMU has invited some of the country’s leading commentators to join staff, students and the people of Liverpool in discussing issues that matter to them.

The Roscoe Lectures use research, humour and political insight to explore current, engaging topics.

Roger Phillips, LJMU Honorary Fellow and radio broadcaster will present a lecture entitled The BBC and Local Radio - the People’s Voice? The changing face of the BBC over the years and, in particular, the development of local radio with particular reference to phone-in programmes such as the one I’ve presented for almost 40 years.

About Roger Phillips

Roger Phillips was born in Manchester, went to Cambridge University and then arrived in Liverpool as an actor in the early 1970s to join the Everyman Theatre - and fell in love with the city. He subsequently worked as a hackney cab driver, before falling by chance into local radio (BBC Radio Merseyside) in 1978, where he still presents a daily phone-in programme.

He's an official Ambassador for the Guides Association, a patron of many organisations, including the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, The Brain Charity and Halton Community Radio, former board member of The Reader Organisation and the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Theatres, a board member of Bradbury Fields (formerly the Liverpool Voluntary Society for the Blind) and Chair of the South Liverpool International Gateway Board.

His broadcasting abilities have been recognised on many occasions as the winner of countless awards, including, in 2000, being named Sony Speech and Talk

Broadcaster of the Year, beating Radio 4's John Humphries, Peter White and the Woman's Hour team and Radio 5 Live's Andrew Neil.

In 2001 he was honoured by the University of Liverpool with an Honorary Doctorate of Laws and Liverpool John Moores University with an Honorary Fellowship.

In 2009 he was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Merseyside.

In 2012 he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Radio Academy.

In 2013 he was appointed Visiting Professor in Broadcast Journalism at Liverpool Hope University.

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