Chief Executive: Chris Johnson
Chris is Managing Director of Liverpool's Mercury Press and Media (www.mercurypress.co.uk), part of a network of independent of freelance press agencies in the UK.
Chris has broad media experience, having worked in newspapers, press agencies and public relations on Merseyside since 1969. He began his career in weekly newspapers, as a photographer and later switched to reporting.
Chris joined Mercury Press in 1976, and spent twenty years leading its day-to-day operations as its News Editor and in his role as a director of the company.
Throughout this period Chris has implemented recruitment programmes, working closely with North West universities, training a stream of talented journalists.
He has played a leading role in the foundation and success of the National Association of Press Agencies, NAPA, the trade association of freelance press agencies in the UK. (www.napa.org.uk) He is a member of the NAPA Executive Board.
Chris is also Organiser of the Liverpool Press Club.
Creative Editor: Chris Kerr
Chris has more than thirty years experience in television, having worked for Thames Television in London and later for Granada which he joined in 1980 at the opening of the Exchange Flags studio. When the new Albert Dock studio opened he became a reporter with Granada Reports and one of the team of regular newsreaders.
In 1990 he became a producer in the Factuals department, working on live shows and documentaries and in 1994 he was appointed Deputy Editor of Granada News.
Since leaving Granada he has worked on setting up a number of community television services.
A former Director of the Bluecoat Arts Centre, he has wide experience of Liverpool's cultural industries, having sat on the governing boards of, among others, the Tate Gallery, Liverpool Playhouse, the Regional Committee of the Arts Council and Brouhaha International.
He is a member of the Advisory Council of the Granada Foundation.
IT Manager & Web Content Manager: Paul Eeles
Paul Eeles is Chief Executive of Pure Multimedia, moved to the Wirral after studying Art and Computer Science (BA Hons) at Chester University in 1997. Paul became a Web Developer for Parity Computers Ltd, before leaving to join Pure Multimedia in 2001. Pure Multimedia became subject of a management buy out later in 2005.
Since then, the company has involved with a number of projects; PicDesk (web based photographic archiving system), OurNET (TSB’s DISE project) on-line presence, and helped found and start the electronic on-line music magazine 'Electric Plums'.
Video Journalist: Tom Dootson
Tom is a video journalist at Bay TV Liverpool. Before joining the team he studied at Salford University, completing a HND Media Production course followed by a Bsc in Professional Broadcast Techniques. During this time he gained knowledge and experience with industry standard cameras, video editing program’s, TV studios and gained production management skills among other things.
After graduating from Salford in June 2012, Tom started at Bay TV as work experience, eventually becoming an official part of the team in November 2012.