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John Rosborough

John Rosborough is one of the longest-serving broadcasting professionals in Northern Ireland, having joined Downtown Radio in December 1975 as a Sound Engineer prior to the station going on air. Following stints in Commercial and Programme Production, he became Head of Programming, adding Cool FM to his responsibilities in 1990.

In October 2000 he moved to Belfast City Beat as Station Director, and during his time there audiences rose to levels unmatched to this day, the quality of interactive programming was recognised through winning five Sony Gold Awards and one Sony Silver, and Citybeat was named ntl Commercial Radio Station of the Year in 2003.

In January 2004 John was made a Fellow of the Radio Academy, and that year he joined UTV to lead the Company’s winning application to Ofcom for a new Belfast FM licence serving the over-45 audience, with U105 being launched in November 2005. The station exceeded its listening hours targets and was well established by May 2008 when John stepped down from the role of Managing Director.

He then set up his own consultancy, Nocturne Media, and has undertaken project work for broadcasting organisations in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Since 2010 he has been producing and presenting a weekly show for Downtown Radio.

John is now also Managing Director of Belfast 89, a Community Radio station serving the over-55 audience in the city, which launched in June 2015.

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Situated in the heart of Belfast’s bustling Cathedral Quarter, right behind Saint Anne’s Cathedral, the MAC houses three art galleries, two theatres, a bar/restaurant, family room and multiple rehearsal and office spaces.

Designed by architects Hackett Hall McKnight, the MAC has won numerous building awards including a RIBA National Award and was nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe Award and the Design Museum Designs of the Year.

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