AN entrepreneur who helped to revolutionise online music has been honoured on Wearside.
Media sector entrepreneur Paul Campbell received an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration from Sunderland University yesterday.
It was in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the media and software industries, and his work in encouraging entrepreneurship in the North East.
After graduating from Oxford, he joined the BBC, producing radio and TV before starting his first business, a production company based in London and New York.
In 2002, he moved back to the North East, where he co-founded Liberty Bell – producers of Grumpy Old Men – then started The Amazing Group, which now has more than a million users.
Its ethical model rewards musicians fairly for their talent, and encourages fans to pay for music instead of stealing it.
Paul has worked professionally as a musician since he was 11, playing at The Royal Albert Hall, Maida Vale Studios and Ashington Miners’ Welfare Club.
He regularly plays for Northern Sinfonia and Opera North.
Other honoraries due to receive awards this week are Wire in the Blood author Val McDermid, and TV architect George Clarke.
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