Chris Kerr biography

Chris began his television career as a trainee vision mixer at Thames TV followed by stint as a researcher on the children’s programme Magpie but had then taken a break to work in the arts. By 1980 he was running the Bluecoat Arts Centre in Liverpool when he was headhunted to become assistant manager of…

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Chris Kerr on joining Granada

Joining Granada was for me a question of being in the right place at the right time. I had started life as a trainee vision mixer at Thames tv followed by a three years as a researcher on the children’s programme Magpie. I had wanted to try life outside telly for a time and had…

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Chris Kerr remembers his days at Exchange Flags, Liverpool

David has already given you a brilliant account of those early days in Liverpool; they were the greatest fun and I have happy memories of meeting the inspirational Mike Short and the likes of Roger Blyth, Shelley Rohde and Nick Turnbull. Nick produced a late evening cabaret-style show called After All That This; he gave…

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Chris Kerr on looking after the programme makers

After about a year at the Liverpool studio I was sent for to Manchester. Jules Burns was moving up a level and needed someone to take over running the researchers and journalists department. Effectively this meant making certain that all the 100 or so researchers had a programme to work on and that producers had…

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Chris Kerr remembers working at the Albert Dock

In 1986 Granada had decided to move its Liverpool operation to the Albert Dock to coincide with the Electronic Newsgathering revolution. Mike Short, Sue Woodward, the News Editor, and I spent many weeks interviewing potential staff. I got a call one afternoon from Rod Caird who was screen-testing possible presenters for a political programme; would…

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Chris Kerr on the work of the Granada Foundation

After a few months I was invited, in terms that didn’t invite a refusal, to take responsibility for the Granada Foundation. Kathy Arundale has given a concise summary of the Foundation’s history and work. It had been run up to then by Leslie Diamond the General Manager but he was retiring and, given my background…

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