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Edition No. 176

Date:- 20 November 2004

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Liverpool all set to host a major European broadcasting conference in 2005!

YES... European television executives will tour Liverpool this weekend in preparation for their Annual Conference in the city next year.

Board members of the European television association, Circom Regional, will visit the city over the weekend to get a flavour of what Liverpool has to offer. Paolo Morawski, executive of the Italian state broadcaster RAI, will lead the European delegation.

Mr Morawski, who is President of Circom Regional, said:- "Everyone in Europe knows about Liverpool but not many of us have been there. This is an excellent opportunity for European television and Liverpool to work together to mutual benefit. I am confident the BBC and Liverpool will impress us and I am looking forward to returning for our most important conference in Liverpool next May."

Circom Regional is a forum for nearly 400 regional public service stations across Europe. The Annual Conference is their main event and each year it is organised by one of their member stations, for 2005 this is the BBC.

The four-day conference is the annual summit for the broadcasters. Last year it was in Poland and in 2002 in Italy. The conference has been held in the UK only twice before, in Birmingham and Harrogate.

More than 200 senior television controllers, producers, managers and journalists from 38 European countries are expected to attend. As well as bringing more than £200,000 to the local economy, the conference will also promote Liverpool and Merseyside across Europe. 

CASH FOR CARDS WILL HELP CHILDREN THIS CHRISTMAS

THE NSPCC has come up with a solution for people in Southport who are struggling with their Christmas card list. Why not make a donation to the local NSPCC branch instead of buying Christmas cards this year?

Head of community appeals for the North West, Steve Morton, said:- “Cash for cards is a really good way to support the NSPCC. Some people find writing Christmas cards a chore, especially for work colleagues or people they see regularly, as opposed to family or friends who live far away."

Tributes flow in for Mr Hesketh.

OWNER of Meols Hall and father of five Robert Hesketh was only 48 and his death this week has shocked the resort. He died in his sleep on Sunday 14 November as he was enjoyed a family break at a friend’s home in Warwickshire. At this time it is still unknown how he died. Staff at his house said:- "We are shocked and deeply saddened by the news. He will be deeply missed by us all." The family were too upset to speak.

THE VOLUNTEER ARMS & MAGIC 999's Psychic Mediums...

THE Volunteer Arms on East Bank Street in Southport is to hold an evening of readings with 3 of
Lancashire’s most popular and well know.
Radio (magic 999) psychic mediums. Tony Gleeson. Preston; Janet Crawford. Bolton and Gary Johnson. Tyldesley on Wednesday 8 December 2004

Readings from 7pm to 11pm.  £15 per 15 minute reading with tape.  Please come early to avoid disappointment.   Enquiries:- 01704 543794.

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