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BBC North West is the BBC English Region serving Lancashiremarker, Greater Manchestermarker, Merseyside, Cheshiremarker, the Ribble Valley in North Yorkshire, the Isle of Manmarker (itself not, in fact, part of Englandmarker), north-west Derbyshiremarker and southern Cumbriamarker.

BBC North West television output is also broadcast in large parts of North Wales as well as in some villages in north Shropshire and Staffordshire cutting into Stoke On Trentmarker, Biddulphmarker and Newcastle Under Lymemarker.

The region also covered the rest of Cumbria during the late 1980s and early 1990s, complete with an opt-out television news service for the area, before it was transferred to the BBC North East region owing to high viewer demand.


BBC North West's television service consists of the flagship regional news programme BBC North West Tonight, shorter North West Today bulletins on weekdays, the topical magazine programme Inside Out and a 20-minute opt-out during the weekly Politics Show.


The region is the controlling centre for BBC Radio Lancashiremarker, BBC Radio Manchester and BBC Radio Merseyside.

Radio Manchester broadcasts 24 hours a day with Radio Merseyside and Radio Lancashire broadcasting between 5am & 1am on weekdays, 6am & 12am on Radio Lancashire at weekends and 6am & 1am on Radio Merseyside at weekends. The three stations only simulcast for BBC News in the North West bulletins each evening with Radio Manchester and Radio Lancashire also simulcasting the weekday late show and Indus, an Asian community programme on Sunday evenings.

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BBC North West also produces regional news & local radio pages for Ceefax and local BBC Where I Live websites.


The regional headquarters and television centre is at New Broadcasting House in Oxford Roadmarker, Manchestermarker with local radio studios and television bureaux also located in Liverpoolmarker and Blackburnmarker, together with a district office in Chestermarker.

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