8am: Liberty Bell, the indie run by former ITV chief Stuart Prebble, is looking to increase production in the north east, appointing a producer specifically to make programmes out of Newcastle.
Liberty Bell, the indie run by former ITV chief Stuart Prebble, is looking to increase production in the north east, appointing a producer specifically to make programmes out of Newcastle.

Mark Murray joins the company's Newcastle headquarters as part of a BBC regional grant scheme, which offers financial assistance to regional indies and guarantees them access to commissioners. He will work alongside Liberty Bell's head of features Judith Holder.

He joins from the network features department at ITV Tyne Tees where he has produced and directed a number of its 100 Greatest? list shows for Channel 4, including the forthcoming 100 Greatest Family Films. He has also worked on the ITV After They Were Famous strand.

Prebble, who set up Liberty Bell with the late Andrea Wonfor, said Murray's appointment was "a sign of our commitment to growing our production base in the region".

Liberty Bell, which also has a London office, has made a series of programmes from Newcastle including Grumpy Old Women, Victoria Wood's Big Fat Documentaries, and It's Grim Up North.

Murray said: "I've had a terrific time working for ITV in the north-east and it's a wrench leaving friends and colleagues. However I'm impressed by Liberty Bell's vision to grow TV production based in the region, and I'm excited to be part of that."