Broadcaster Rosie Millard to chair Hull's City of Culture team

Rosie Millard Rosie Millard studied at Hull University in the 1980s

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Former BBC arts correspondent Rosie Millard is to become chairwoman of the company running Hull's UK City of Culture activities in 2017.

The city is intending to spend £18m on a year-long series of art events after being awarded the title in November.

Ms Millard, who was a student at Hull University, said it was an "honour and a privilege" to take on the role.

The council said it was now recruiting a chief executive and a programme director.

Ms Millard, now a freelance journalist, broadcaster and author, said: "I arrived in Hull to study at the university over 30 years ago and in my heart, I have never left.

"Hull now has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to use culture and the arts to transform perceptions of the city and to change the lives of local people.

"As chair of the culture company, I want to help Hull grasp this moment. "

Hull City Council claims the year-long event could bring more than £60m into the local economy and generate 7,500 new jobs.

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