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Published on 28 February 2020

Kevin Maguire
Kevin Maguire

A prominent North-East born journalist will return to his roots to take part in popular Radio 4 show Any Questions next week.

Associate editor and political columnist on the Mirror, Kevin Maguire, will be among the panel for the BBC discussion programme which will be hosted by the University of Sunderland on Friday, February 28.

In a career-spanning more than 30 years, Kevin has become one of the country’s most recognised journalists.

The South Shields-born TV pundit has already forged strong links with the University as a Visiting Professor of Journalism, while in 2018 he was made an Honorary Doctor of Arts.

Kevin previously served as chief reporter at The Guardian and was labour correspondent for The Daily Telegraph. A regular on television and radio, he also used to host his own programme on talk radio station LBC 97.3. His regular news-review slots on Good Morning Britain and Sky News sees him sparring with journo pal Andrew “Tory Boy” Pierce.

He said: “Broadcasting Radio 4’s Any Questions from the University of Sunderland will focus the national spotlight on a brilliant University and wonderful city so I’m thrilled to be on the panel.”

Joining Kevin on the night will be the CEO of one of the UK’s leading port groups, Frans Calje, of PD Ports.

The company has 13 locations across the country, including four in the North East.

Other guests include Director of think tank Centre for Labour & Social Studies Faiza Shaheen and The Spectator’s Economics Correspondent Kate Andrews.

Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott had been scheduled to appear but dropped out.

The programme will be hosted by BBC political correspondent Chris Mason who took over the show from long-term presenter Jonathan Dimbleby last year.

Any Questions will be broadcast from the Sir Tom Cowie Lecture Theatre, at the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter's.

Anyone wanting to attend is asked to pre-register and secure their ticket here at Eventribe.

Members of the public will also have the opportunity to submit a question to the panel on arrival, and they must be willing to read the question in front of a live audience.

Free parking will be available on campus for the evening. Those attending are asked to arrive in good time, from 6pm, and have their ticket or QR code ready to be scanned.

Admittance to the Lecture Theatre will be from 6.30pm, with doors closing at 7.20pm.

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