About Us

Why Channel56?

Our trainers are all professional practitioners. They don’t just talk the talk – they have between them more than 100 years of broadcasting experience! The trainers give a deep and practical insight into the effectiveness of your communication.

We tailor the courses and scenarios for issues affecting you. It’s hands on training because people learn best by doing. We conduct personal coaching, perfect your messages and perfect your sound bites.


Our Trainers

Alan Morton

Alan Morton

Andrew McCrum

Andrew McCrum

Angelina Fusco

Angelina Fusco

Irwin Armstrong

Irwin Armstrong

Dr. Malachi O'Doherty

Dr. Malachi O'Doherty

Prof. Paul Moorcraft

Prof. Paul Moorcraft

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Alan Morton

Alan Morton is considered one of Northern Ireland’s leading media specialists. Since 2000, he has delivered numerous broadcast, print media and crisis management training programmes.

His career in the media industry began 20 years ago as a freelance reporter, producer and media consultant.

Alan has been the Ireland Reporter for Associated Press Television News for over 10 years and has worked on BBC, UTV and C4 productions. He has reported on Northern Ireland politics for countless international news organisations. Alan is a director of Visionworks Television and Archer Communications, both Channel56 sister companies.

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Andrew McCrum

Andrew is a web designer with over 8 years experience. He graduated in 2010 from Ulster University with a BSc (Hons) in Interactive Multimedia Design and is currently a Senior Interactive Designer at Visionworks Interactive & Archer Advertising, both Channel56 sister companies.

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Angelina Fusco

Angelina has been a journalist for more than 30 years in broadcasting and print. She was Head of TV News at BBC NI for 15 years leading the IFTA award winning BBC Newsline team delivering live programmes and special news documentaries. She is an Associate CIPD Trainer and was awarded an Ochberg Fellowship in Journalism & Trauma. Angelina brings to our training packages an extra dimension allowing clients an invaluable insight and deeper understanding of the media landscape from an internal perspective.

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Irwin Armstrong

Irwin Armstrong began his career over 15 years ago as a professional cameraman filming mainly news assignments for local and national broadcasters such as BBC, TV am, TG4, Associated Press and others.

Irwin has vast experience of working both on hard news and documentary pieces during the Gulf Wars, Sudan, Nepal and Kosovo as well as here in Northern Ireland.

Irwin continues to work on documentary and programme work as well as commercial production. His working knowledge of filming live and pre recorded interviews for broadcast adds exceptional value to the Channel56 team delivery.

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Dr. Malachi O'Doherty

Dr. Malachi O’Doherty is one of the most distinctive voices in Northern Ireland. He is a regular commentator on political and social affairs through his columns and features in newspapers, radio and television. He writes a weekly talk slot on the BBC’s flagship Talkback Programme and appears regularly as a witty and acerbic analyst on Hearts and Minds. (BBC Northern Ireland).

In addition, he writes on Northern Irish affairs for The Irish Times and has published two books (The Trouble With Guns 1998, I Was A Teenage Catholic 2003) with a third, The Telling Year, to be published in the spring of 2007.

He is also a widely experienced trainer in media skills, writing and political awareness.

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Prof. Paul Moorcraft

Professor Paul Moorcraft has worked for ‘Time’ magazine, the BBC and most of the Western TV networks as a freelance producer/foreign correspondent. He has considerable relevant experience having lectured full-time at ten major universities in journalism, politics and international relations. He is a visiting professor in Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Europe’s leading journalism department.