Media maestro under the spotlight in Sunderland

The creator of iconic North East television programme The Tube, who has worked on some of the biggest music events from the past 30 years, including Band Aid, Live 8 and The Brit Awards, is set to be centre stage during a free talk in Sunderland. 

Malcolm Gerrie has collaborated with worldwide artists such as Madonna, Queen and U2, and worked on major projects including Glastonbury, the Orange BAFTA film awards, The Q Awards, and The Voice. 

His talk, ‘Television Rocks: from Ryhope to the Rose Bowl’ is on Friday November 21, at the Murray Library Lecture Theatre on Chester Road, as part of the University of Sunderland’s free Discover Series lectures – doors open at 6pm. 

Malcolm Gerrie said: “The Tube was a hugely ambitious project. Tyne Tees had never done anything like that before; it was a big network show on for twenty weeks and completely live every Friday night. 

“There was some resistance to it; a lot of the people in Tyne Tees thought the place would be filled with drunk, drug-riddled crazy people – and they were probably right! – but generally speaking Tyne Tees really embraced the show.”

After running the show for five years, the honorary graduate of the University of Sunderland, and former teacher from the city, worked on life changing projects such as Band Aid and Live 8, the former of which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.  

He added: “Though it wasn’t planned I have done a lot of charity work.  Obviously Band Aid was very special, but for me, Red Hot and Blue was one of the real highlights of my career.

“I really do believe we’re living in the most exciting time now.  If you’re interested in connecting with an audience, it is a fantastic time to be in the media. The revolution will not be televised; it will be out on every platform you can imagine.”

The University of Sunderland’s Discover Series is a sequence of lectures that are open to the public, and feature some of the most respected figures, from a variety of backgrounds, over the course of the academic year.

This year’s speakers include Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Denise Robertson, Jonathan Ruffer and the University’s Chancellor Steve Cram. 

The 2014/15 Discover Series runs until April.

Find out more about and book at your place at one of the free University of Sunderland Discover Events.

For more information email: events@sunderland.ac.uk, or call (0191) 515 3169.

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L.S. Lowry spent his holidays in Sunderland at Seaburn, painting scenes of the coast, port and coal mines. The city is the home to one of the best collections of L.S. Lowry paintings in England.

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