The Bay MD attends Flood Heroes Reception

The Bay was represented at a special ‘Flood Heroes Reception’ held at 10, Downing Street on Monday evening.

The Prime Minister held the event to meet key figures and organisations which were instrumental in helping local people during December’s floods and power cuts.

Mr Cameron thanks the people involved and heard more about their various experiences during the evening.

The Bay’s Managing Director, Bill Johnston, attended the event: “I’m very proud to be representing the whole Bay team who worked so hard for the community in such challenging conditions while our own building was under water. Many people have referred to us as their ‘fourth emergency service’ or a ‘lifeline’ and the staff, across all station departments, are very grateful for everyone’s support.”

The invitation follows on from other recognition received by The Bay, including a special commendation from Lancashire Police in December.

During Storm Desmond, and the subsequent power cuts, station presenters broadcast from a make shift studio in an upstairs office initially with nothing more than a microphone and a lap top pieced together by their station engineer. With an “all hands on deck” approach, sales staff manned the phone lines and office staff became journalists.

The ‘Bay Action Desk’ rolling news format also helped the station achieve nearly six million impressions on social media.

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