Plymouth bid on track as City of Culture judges revealed
THE line-up of judges who will decide the destination of the next UK City of Culture title has been revealed.
The "independent advisory panel", which will assess the bids from the 11 competing cities - including Plymouth - will be chaired by writer Phil Redmond.
Best known for creating Grange Hill, Brookside and Hollyoaks, he has written extensively for TV, radio and stage and is honorary chair of media at Liverpool John Moores University.
He will be joined on the panel by Nicholas Allott, managing director of the Cameron Mackintosh theatrical group; broadcaster, actress and producer Baroness Floella Benjamin; Dr Mike Cantlay, chair of Visit Scotland; and Geraint Talfan Davies, chairman of the Welsh National Opera.
The initial bids should be submitted by April 30 and the shortlist of cities that will compete in the final stage of the contest is expected to be announced in June.