Liam is an experienced broadcaster who leads modules in International Journalism and Sports Journalism. He also supervises and teaches students on the School's postgraduate programme.
Liam teaches a first year module (JN1502) which offers students a grounding in the history of sports journalism and introduces them to research and presentation methods they can apply throughout their studies. He leads two International Journalism modules : JN2506 equips students with practical and editorial skills working across broadcast, print and digital platforms; JN2507 has students working as a team across a series of "newsdays," recreating the demands - and the excitement - of a professional newsroom. In the Sporting Issues module (JN3522) Liam combines his twin passions for sport and journalism to get students thinking about what happens beyond the field of play, addressing issues such as governance, corruption and sports broadcasting,
Liam spent more than 20 years in broadcast journalism with the BBC. He joined BBC Radio Merseyside in 1983, where he worked as a reporter, producer and News Editor. He spent 3 years in London as Local Government Correspondent for BBC Radio News, reporting for Today, The World at One and other flagship news programmes. He returned to the North West in 1993, working at BBC North West regional television as a political correspondent and producer. He spent two years as the BBC's Liverpool-based TV reporter and went on to edit regional programmes BBC North West Tonight and The Politics Show, masterminding coverage of local, National and European elections. After 18 months working as Managing Editor of BBC Radio Merseyside, he left the BBC in 2006 to lead the campaign for Liverpool to have a directly-elected Mayor. In 2012, standing as an independent candidate, he came second in the city’s first Mayoral election. Liam is founder and director of Intense Media, a media production and training company, and in addition to his work at UCLan he continues to write and broadcast on a freelance basis.
- Diploma in Broadcast Journalism, Preston Polytechnic, 1983
- BA (Hons) Geography, University of Oxford, 1980