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Jim Hancock

Jim Hancock, Local Television Presenter and Political Editor for the BBC Northwest Region.


Jim Hancock was born on the 10th October 1948 and was educated
at Shebbear College in North Devon, before studying for a BA
at Manchester University, where he was also President of the
Student Union. From 1973-78 he worked as a reporter for Piccadilly
Radio in Manchester before joining the BBC in 1979. He has also
worked for a spell at Granada Television, has been a breakfast
time presenter on ITV’s weekday “GMR” programme,
and he also had a two year spell as a lobby correspondent with
Independent Radio News.
He currently heads “The Politics Show” on Sundays.

In his other role as political editor in the North West, Jim
reports for the nightly “North West Tonight”
programme as well as local radio in the region.
Jim lives in Cheshire with his wife Catherine and two sons.
His interests include supporting Plymouth Argyle Football Club,
politics, media and gardening.
He has been the BBC’s North West Political Editor since 1998,
and in all has been reporting on politics for over thirty years
having been Granada’s Political Correspondent from 1987-94.
Jim has also had two brief periods as a Lobby Correspondent
at Westminster for the BBC and ITN, but for most of his career
he has been based in the North West.


Danny Boyle, Film Director

director Danny Boyle was born on 20 October 1956 in Radcliffe
in Bury, and is best known for his popular contemporary films
like Trainspotting and 28 Days Later . He went
to school at Thornleigh in Bolton, before working briefly as
an usher at the
Octagon Theatre
. He cites his English teacher at the Bolton
school as one of his main inspirations and encouraged him to
follow his artistic aspirations. Later,
Boyle worked for a time at the Joint Stock Company and became
artistic director at the Royal Court from 1982 to 1987. Later
he went on to direct episodes of Inspector Morse, starring
John Thaw, for ITV,
as well as occasional drama presentations for the BBC. His
first film, Shallow Grave , was made in 1993, with producer
Andrew Macdonald and writer John Hodge – a successful production
team he went on to work with on several occasions later. Shallow
Grave was an immediate success with an appreciative public
though it attracted press criticism.
in 1996, working with the same team, he produced the film version
of Irvine Welsh’s cult novel Trainspotting , which was
a massive box office hit. In
1997 he left for America and made A Life Less Ordinary
which starred Cameron Diaz, and which proved less successful
with audiences and critics alike.
Beach came next, but, despite starring heartthrob Leonardo
DiCaprio in the lead, the film generally had a cool reception.
On his return to England in 2001 he directed Vacuuming Completely
Nude in Paradise and Strumpet for BBC Television.
In 2002 he directed 28 Days Later – this too received
a mixed reception. He also directed Shallow Grave .
Boyle films are often accused of being poor in characterisation,
yet he has emerged as a leading director whose work is always
popular with the public, despite frequent bad press from film
critics. His father, Frank, still lives in Radcliffe, and Danny
continues to watch Bury football team with him at the Gigg Lane
football ground on a regular basis.
2009 his film “Slumdog Millionaire” was awarded
8 Oscars and numerous BAFTAs and became a major box office success,
hailed as a modern masterpiece. He
was awarded a British Film Institute Fellowship at the London
Film Festival in October 2010; his latest film 127 Days
was screened at the festival’s closing night gala.

Goodey CBE, BA, D.LITT

Felicity Goodey


Felicity Goodey is a former senior BBC journalist and regional
television presenter who has developed and run Precise Communications,
a successful media production and training company since 1998.

She was born on the 25 July 1949, the daughter of Henry Ernest
Arthur and Susan Elsie Goodey, and went to school at St Austell
Grammar School in Cornwall, and later at St Hugh’s College,
Oxford where she was awarded a BA with Honours in History in
She is a well-known public figure in the Northwest region of
England. In 1994 she fronted Salford City Council’s Millennium
Lottery Fund bid and successfully secured £64 million
money toward the creation of the Lowry at Salford Quays, of
which she was subsequently appointed as Chairman of the Trustees.

In 1998 she gave up her role as regular presenter of BBC political
programmes in order to accept a government appointment as Director
of the North West Development Agency and to broaden her business
activities. The following year she was appointed as Chair of
the Cultural Consortium of the North West. Felicity was awarded
the prestigious David Goldstone Award at the United Utilities
North West Tourist Board Awards in 1999, for her outstanding
personal contribution to North West Tourism.
In June 2001, she was honoured with a CBE for her services towards
the regeneration of Salford Quays. She was also President of
the Manchester Chamber of Commerce and Industry for 2001-2002.

Her various jobs and posts have included:

  • Graduate trainee, and reporter for
    BBC Radio’s “World at One” , from 1971-85
  • Presenter, of “File on Four”
    for Radio 4 from 1987-99;
  • “Northwest Tonight” (BBC
  • “NorthWestminster “, BBC
  • Owner and manager, Felicity Goodey
    & Associates, 1989-98
  • Founder and non-executive Director
    of Excellence Northwest since 1993
  • Manchester Chamber of Commerce and
    Industry since1999
  • Nord Anglia plc since1999.

Felicity states her interests as the family,
theatre, opera and the northwest. She was married in 1973 to
John Marsh – the couple have 2 sons.


John Mundy - broadcaster, voice-over specialist

date unknown)

John Mundy was born and educated in Manchester and originally
trained as an actor, but has worked mostly in TV presentation
– with ITV and then the BBC, where he anchored the daily news
magazine, “Northwest Tonight”, which won the
prestigious ‘Prix Circom’ for Europe’s Best Regional News Programme.

During this time, he also became firmly established as a leading
voice-over artist. He now voices full-time, mainly on ISDN.

He has provided
many voice-overs for documentary programmes including:

  • “Rally UK” – a motorsport
    action series for Channel 5
  • “Ring Warriors” – a Thai
    boxing series for Sky Sports
  • ” See for Yourself” –
    a documentary about the BBC licence fees
  • “The Hunt for Dr. Mengele”
    – a BAFTA winning documentary for ITV .

John’s television & radio presentations
have included:

Murray OBE, BA, D.LITT

Jenny Murray - Broadcaster and Journalist

Murray was born on the 12th May 1950 and has become the well-known
presenter of BBC Radio 4’s popular “Woman’s Hour”
programme which comes from BBC Manchester studios. She was born
and educated initially at Barnsley High School for Girls, and
has a degree in French and Drama from Hull University. She also
had a Doctor of Literature Degree from Bradford University and
the Open University.
has worked round many of the BBC’s regional bases – she joined
BBC Radio Bristol in 1973, and went on to be a reporter and
presenter for BBC TV’s “South Today”. In 1983
she joined “Newsnight” . In 1985 she moved to
Radio 4 as a presenter for the weekday morning’s “Today”
programme and became the regular presenter of “Woman’s
Hour” in 1987.
the Queen’s Birthday Honours 1999 she was made an OBE for radio
broadcasting. Jenni is the author of “The Woman’s Hour:
A History of Women Since World War II” and “Is
It Me or Is It Hot In Here: A Modern Woman’s Guide to the Menopause” .
was a weekly columnist for The Daily Express from 1998
to 2000 and now writes for various newspapers and magazines,
including The Daily Mail . She is President of the Fawcett
Society and a regular columnist for “Eve” magazine.
She was Broadcaster of the Year in 1998 and 300 Group Journalist
of the Year in 1989.
interests include reading, riding, theatre and gardens. Jenni
Murray is married to David Forgham-Bailey and the couple have
2 sons. Jenni, who for several years has regularly commuted
weekly to London from her cottage in Macclesfield, is said to
be negotiating a purchase of an apartment in a recently made-over
building in Ancoats.


Martin Henfield, BBC Northwest regional TV presenter


Martin Henfield is a well-known regional television presenter
who was born on the 10th of January 1944. He was educated at
the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Hartlebury in Worcestershire,
before going on to Oxford College of Technology. He began work
as a cub reporter on the Worcester Evening News in 1966, before
moving to work at the Sunday Mercury in Birmingham in 1968.

He became News Editor at BBC Radio in Birmingham in 1970, a
position he held until 1975, when he was appointed as Deputy
Manager at BBC Radio Manchester. From 1977-1988 he served as
a reporter on the “Northwest Tonight” regional
programme after which he was made Manager of BBC GMR Radio in
Martin is a member of the Manchester Literary & Philosophical
Society and of Pleasington Golf Club. He declares his interests
as, golf, telling stories, building and flying model radio-controlled
aircraft. Martin is married to his wife, Maggie.

Diane Oxberry

Diane Oxberry, meteorologist and weather girl at BBC Manchester

Diane Oxberry,
the now familiar television weather girl, originally studied
as a Meteorologist at the Meteorological Office College in Berkshire,
before becoming BBC North West’s first ever on-screen weather
presenter in 1995. She was hitherto only known as a voice to
BBC Radio 1 listeners on Steve Wright’s afternoon show. Her
easygoing North Eastern style made listeners warm to her and
soon she was also to be heard by the nine million listeners
of “Simon Mayo’s Breakfast Show” , for which
she won a Silver Sony Award.
She met her husband in the studios at Manchester while co-presenting
the children’s television show “The 8.15 “.

Since 1993 Diane has lived with her husband in Cheshire. They
own a horse, two dogs and two cats.

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