John Spencer-Barnes is a radio broadcaster and journalist for the BBC. He was born in Dudley in 1961.
“I’m the BBC’s man in Lancaster & Morecambe Bay. I’m also National Communications Officer at the Maritime Volunteer Service. I dance the Morris with the Royal Preston Morris Dancers & play the melodeon.”
John began as a freelance broadcaster at BRMB in Birmingham and has since worked at many radio stations around the UK. While at Rock FM, he co-ordinated the award winning EMAP Radio response to the IRA bombing of Manchester. The bomb had taken Manchester’s Key 103 and Piccadilly Magic 1152 off air. He arranged an emergency news service for the Manchester stations and a replacement radio service from a studio in Preston.
More recently at the BBC, John is the presenter of the Late Show on Radios Lancs & Manchester, and is now the BBC reporter for Lancaster and Morecambe Bay.
John has always had an interest in anything nautical and is now a Director in the Maritime Volunteer Service and the Head of Communications for the organisation. He’s also Trustee of the search and rescue charity, Bay Search & Rescue.
He is the new “Bell Man” for Lytham St. Anne’s, recently fitted for his Town Crier robes.
John has lived in North Lancashire for the last 20 years with his husband, David.