The proposal to bestow the city’s highest civic honour will be considered at an extraordinary meeting of Liverpool City Council on Wednesday 18 July and, if approved, a ceremony will be held at a future date.
Born in Huyton, Phil Redmond set up Mersey Television in the early 1980s and created three of Britain’s longest running drama programmes - Grange Hill, Brookside and Hollyoaks.
He was Deputy Chair and Creative Director of the city’s Capital of Culture celebrations in 2008, and latterly served as Chair of National Museums Liverpool.
He devised, and is Chair of, the UK City of Culture programme which was set up to capitalise on Liverpool’s success as European Capital of Culture, and is also Chair of the Liverpool City Region Cultural Partnership - charged with developing a 30-year cultural strategy.
Most recently he has been a key player in the city’s bid to become the new headquarters of Channel 4.
Alongside his personal career, he and his wife Alexis have supported many charitable and public sector causes becoming major benefactors across Merseyside, including Liverpool John Moores University, National Museums Liverpool and Alder Hey Hospital. Since selling Mersey Television in 2005, they have devoted almost all of their time to public service.