Fred is probably best known for his appearances on the “This Morning” weather map and between 1988 and 2001 he delivered the weather live from the Albert dock in Liverpool over two thousand times. All of those were memorable but the one that sticks in everyone’s mind was when the streaker climbed from the waters of the dock onto the weather map live on the morning show.
In 1998 at the annual International weather festival in Paris he was voted the top weatherman of the year by television weather presenters from over a hundred countries. In the same year he also received a “Gotya” from Noel Edmonds . On many shows he has been a panelist and still fondly remembers being on "Shooting Stars" with Vic and Bob.
Since 1985 Fred has worked with Granada providing daily films for the award winning local news programme “ Granada Reports”. Often quirky and always informative Fred has covered the region and is a much loved television presenter.
His passion is astronomy and anything scientific as he has the knack of explaining complicated stories in an understandable way. He can make anything sound interesting and really bring a story to life. A viewer once wrote in to say that he could make a film about paint drying sound fascinating.
A one off documentary for Granada TV in 2002 brought in a 35% audience share in the 7.30 pm slot.
Always heading off to interesting holiday destinations with his DV camera he has made films about his trip to Antarctica and trekking through the rain forests of Borneo. In 2004 he decided that he just had to visit Timbuktu and after a gruelling journey he reached the town on the edge of the Sahara. These films have been transmitted on Granada and it is his way of sharing unusual destinations with his viewers.
He recently finished filming an eight part series for Granada TV about the North-West canal system, the series is called "Locks and Quays".
His passion of anything scientific has seen him lecture all over the country and he has made many science programmes including "The Acid test" and two series of "Prove it" for ITV childrens.
As an after dinner speaker he is superb as it is always done “off the cuff” with countless anecdotes about the life of a TV presenter. His style is relaxed and he is very much at ease with his audience, bringing an infectious enthusiasm to any subject.