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BBC North was the former name of the BBC Yorkshire and BBC Yorkshire and Lincolnshire regions of the BBC - and before 1968 had been name of the larger BBC North Region centred on Manchestermarker.


Based at the Broadcasting Centre in Woodhouse Lane, Leedsmarker it was the production centre for the regional news programme Look North and BBC Local Radio station BBC Radio Leeds. This region was split and renamed in June 2004, with BBC Yorkshire based in new premises in St. Peter's Square Leeds, transmitting from Emley Moormarker (and satellite channel 976) to a population of around 4 million - and BBC Yorkshire and Lincolnshire in Queen's Court in Hullmarker transmitting from Belmontmarker (and satellite channel 977) to around 1.7 million.


The Leeds island site went on air on 25 March 1968 as a response to the imminent opening of Yorkshire Television, the new ITV contractor based in Leeds serving the area east of the Pennines, formerly covered by part of the Granada Television area. And in a similar manner to the impending ITV east-west Granada-Yorkshire split, the BBC divided the old North Region (based in Manchester) into BBC North-West (Manchester) and the new BBC North (Leeds).

This enabled a separate edition of Look North to be produced, initially from All Souls in Blackman Lane - a church hall near Woodhouse Lane - using equipment from a redundant OB scanner plus "mobile" telecine and film processing vans (the latter obtained from BBC TV News in London). Until this time, BBC viewers here had only the Manchester edition of the regional opt-out to watch, just as on ITV, Granada had been the only choice of regional news magazine programme for the entire Lancashire & Yorkshire viewing area.

Leeds was to have the third incarnation of the BBC programme called Look North, the others continued to be produced in Newcastle, another island site, and in Manchester, which was also the BBC Network Production Centre (NPC) in the north of Englandmarker.

In the early seventies the programme moved into a new colour studio equipped with EMI 2001 cameras in the newly built Broadcasting Centre adjacent to Broadcasting House, in Woodhouse Lane, where it then stayed for over thirty years until the studio was demolished in 2004.

Full Circle

Salford Quays Media City
Dickenson Road Studios
BBC North Project – aka "Out of London" – is now used by the BBC to describe the creation of a new mediacity:uk at Salford Quaysmarker, Greater Manchestermarker on land owned by Peel Holdings who have planning permission for the central of this site. In 2006 Salford was named as the chosen location by the Board of Governors and in 2007 the go-ahead was given to the project by the BBC Trust.

It is believed that the BBC's very first regional TV studio was also in Manchester – Studio A at Dickenson Road – which it had bought from Mancunian Films in 1954.

See also


  1. Corporation shall speak destruction unto demolition contractor
  2. MediaCity website Central Salford Urban Regeneration Company - Peel Holdings - Salford City Council
  3. BBC Buildings: North Project BBC
  4. Statement by the Board of Governors: Salford chosen as preferred bidder BBC
  5. Move to Salford gets green light BBC
  6. History of the Mancunian Film Studios It's a hot'un

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