BBC North East and Cumbria's area within the UK
|TV transmitters|| Bilsdale |
|Radio stations|| BBC Radio Cumbria |
BBC Radio Newcastle
BBC Radio Tees
|Headquarters||Newcastle upon Tyne|
|Area|| County Durham |
Tyne and Wear
Cumbria (except Barrow-in-Furness and South Lakeland)
North Yorkshire (part)
|Regions|| North East |
(Head of Regional
& Local Programmes)
| BBC Tyne |
BBC Look North East and Cumbria
BBC North East and Cumbria is the BBC English Region covering County Durham, Northumberland, Teesside, Tyne and Wear, Cumbria (except Barrow-in-Furness and South Lakeland) and parts of North Yorkshire.
BBC North East & Cumbria's television output, broadcast on BBC One, consists of the flagship regional news service Look North , the topical magazine programme Inside Out and a twenty-minute opt-out during Sunday Politics . The rugby league highlights programme The Super League Show , produced by PDI Media at BBC Yorkshire's studio in Leeds, is also broadcast to North East and Cumbrian viewers.
BBC North East Covers a much tighter area for Tyne and Wear, County Durham, Northumberland, Cumbria and a small part of North Yorkshire.
The region is the controlling centre for the local radio stations BBC Radio Cumbria, BBC Radio Newcastle and BBC Tees. The three stations simulcast some programmes, as well as the overnight programmes offered by BBC Radio 5 Live.
BBC North East & Cumbria also produces regional news and local radio pages for BBC Red Button and BBC Local News websites for each county.
BBC North East & Cumbria began television broadcasting on Monday 5 January 1959, following the separation of the region from the Manchester-based BBC North. Up until that point, the Manchester-based operation had been serving the entire North of England with nightly news bulletins. The new service from Newcastle introduced localised bulletins, read originally by George House and Tom Kilgour. By 1962, the bulletins became a 20-minute magazine programme called Home at Six, presented by Frank Bough. With the launch of BBC Local Radio Stations, BBC Radio Durham was created at Neville's Cross, but later transferred across the Pennines to become BBC Radio Carlisle/Cumbria. The followed the establishment of BBC Radio Teesside (later BBC Radio Cleveland and now BBC Radio Tees) in Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough from New Year's Day 1971. It was followed the next day by BBC Radio Newcastle at Crestina House, Archbold Terrace, Jesmond, managed by Richard Kelly and Programme Organiser Ted Gorton, with News Editor Mike Nally and Station Engineer Don Gill, operations later to be merged with new BBC headquarters known as the Pink Palace in Fenham. Prior to this, at BH New Bridge Street the arrival of former Tyne Tees Television presenter Mike Neville coincided with a relaunch as Look North. In 1986, transmissions from the Caldbeck transmitter, to the majority of Cumbria, was transferred from BBC North East to BBC North West, as it was believed the area would be served better from Manchester. However, following complaints from local viewers, the transmitter was transferred back to BBC North East in 1990.
In 1990, BBC North, BBC North West and BBC North East were merged to form one large region, named BBC North. As a result, all managerial and administrative posts from the three regions were merged to form one, allowing cost savings to the corporation. As part of this, each region's programming remained the same; however the region identified itself on-screen as BBC North with all its programmes being BBC North productions. This remained until 1996, when the regions were separated.
The region was renamed BBC North East & Cumbria in 1997, coinciding with the adoption of the new BBC logo and the new BBC One ident package. The on-screen name was adapted slightly to BBC NE & Cumbria in 2002, following the adoption of the Dancer idents for BBC One, as the regional name needed to fit inside the box logo. On the next batch of new "circle" idents the full North East and Cumbria name was used.
BBC North East & Cumbria has its headquarters and studios at Broadcasting Centre, Spital Tongues, Newcastle upon Tyne. The first live broadcast from the building was on Saturday 16 January 1988, with the first Look North broadcast the following Monday. The building itself housed two studios, A and B, with the studio complex housing the regional news team, BBC Radio Newcastle and some network productions, with BBC North East specialising in children's television. Look North was based in the large studio A, but moved to the smaller studio B when a network production was using studio A. Look North was permanently moved to studio A in 2000 following the reduction in the number of network productions. This move prevented the studio itself from being closed, as happened in the Midlands and the North West; the studio was not too big, so could house the programme comfortably. The building itself has distinctive architecture, with glass panels and walls coloured in varying shades of pink, resulting in the building gaining the nickname from local residents and staff of "The Pink Palace".
Following the launch of the service, and prior to the move to Broadcasting Centre, the BBC was based at Broadcasting House at New Bridge Street in Central Newcastle, in a former lying-in hospital, which housed the news service, a single studio for Look North and BBC Radio Newcastle. This building, in a central location in the city on New Bridge Street, proved just big enough for their needs. However, when technology needed upgrading, it turned out to be easier to build a new studio complex, rather than refit the small building. It was last used on Friday 15 January 1988.
ITV Yorkshire, previously known as Yorkshire Television. and commonly referred to as just YTV, is the British television service provided by ITV Broadcasting Limited for the Yorkshire franchise area on the ITV network. Until 1974, this was primarily the historic county of Yorkshire and parts of neighbouring counties served by the Emley Moor and Bilsdale transmitting station transmitters. Following a reorganisation in 1974 the transmission area was extended to include Lincolnshire, northwestern Norfolk and parts of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, served by the Belmont transmitter, but lost much of North Yorkshire served by the Bilsdale transmitter which covered Tyne Tees Television, with transmissions available as far south as Harrogate.
ITV Tyne Tees, previously known as Tyne Tees, Channel 3 North East and Tyne Tees Television, is the ITV television franchise for North East England and parts of North Yorkshire. The analogue signals in the Tyne Tees region were switched off in 2012, making the station, along with ITV London and UTV, one of the last ITV regions to solely broadcast digitally. Tyne-Tees Television Ltd and Tyne-Tees Television Holdings still legally exist. Each of these companies is, along with most other regional companies owned by ITV plc, listed at Companies House as a "Dormant company".
ITV Border, previously Border Television and commonly referred to as simply Border, is the Channel 3 service provided by ITV Broadcasting Limited for the England/Scotland border region, covering most of Cumbria, Dumfries and Galloway, the Scottish Borders and parts of Northumberland. The TV service previously covered the Isle of Man from 26 March 1965 until 15 July 2009.
BBC Radio Tees is the BBC's local radio station serving Teesside and County Durham.
BBC Radio Cumbria is the BBC's local radio station serving the county of Cumbria.
Metro Radio is an Independent Local Radio station based in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, owned and operated by Bauer as part of the Hits Radio network. It broadcasts to Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and County Durham. The station's regional programming is simulcast with sister station TFM.
BBC Look North is the BBC's regional television news service for West, South and North Yorkshire and northern parts of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. The service is produced and broadcast from the BBC Broadcasting Centre at St. Peter's Square in Leeds with district newsrooms based in Bradford, Sheffield and York.
BBC Look North is the BBC's regional television news service for North East England, Cumbria and parts of North Yorkshire. The service is produced and broadcast from the BBC Broadcasting Centre on Barrack Road in Newcastle upon Tyne with district newsrooms based in Carlisle, Durham, Middlesbrough and York.
ITV News Tyne Tees is the evening news programme produced by ITV Tyne Tees & Border and broadcasting to North East England and North Yorkshire. It broadcasts for thirty minutes each Monday to Friday from 18:00, covering regional news stories, features, sport and weather. It is presented by Ian Payne and Amy Lea. Shorter bulletins air at other times.
BBC Yorkshire is one of the English regions of the BBC. It was formed from the division of the former BBC North region into BBC Yorkshire and BBC Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, based in Kingston upon Hull.
The North East Film Archive (NEFA) is a not-for-profit organisation which exists to collect, preserve and provide access to film, television and other moving image material related to the history of a region of England, which is defined as the Tees Valley area and the counties of Durham, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear. Since July 2012 the archive merged with the Yorkshire Film Archive, a registered charity, and now comes under the YFA Banner and charity, Hence the name change to NEFA.
BBC North West is the BBC English Region serving Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Cumbria and the Isle of Man.
The BBC Night Network was an all-evening radio network which linked up the North East England, Yorkshire and the Humber, and later the North West England regions of BBC Local Radio. Each station would share the same programming.
ITV Tyne Tees & Border is the producer of regional programming for the ITV Tyne Tees and ITV Border franchises.
The Burnhope transmitting station was originally built by the Independent Television Authority (ITA) as its sole 405-line transmitting station service the Tyne Tees Television region.
TFM is an Independent local radio station based in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, owned and operated by Bauer as part of the Hits Radio network. It broadcasts to Teesside, County Durham and North Yorkshire.
The Television Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, also known by the street name City Road was home and headquarters of the ITV contractor for the North East region, Tyne Tees Television between 1959 and 2005.
Tyne and Wear News is a local television news and current affairs programme, serving Tyne and Wear. Produced by Made in Tyne & Wear, the programme was produced and broadcast from studios at the University of Sunderland.
This is a timeline of the history of Yorkshire Television.
This is a timeline of the history of Tyne Tees Television.