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BBC Tees
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City of license Middlesbrough
Broadcast area Teesside, County Durham & North Yorkshire
Frequency 95.0, 95.8, MHz
& DAB Digital radio
First air date 31 December 1970
Format Mainly local news and talk
Language English
Audience share 5.5% (September 2009, [1])
Former callsigns Radio Teesside
Radio Cleveland
Owner BBC Local Radio,
BBC North East and Cumbria

BBC Tees is the BBC Local Radio service for the English areas of Teesside, County Durham and some of North Yorkshire. It was known as BBC Radio Cleveland until Saturday, 11 August 2007.



The station was originally launched as Radio Teesside at 6 pm on 31 December 1970 with a local news programme entitled Teesside Tonight, presented by George Lambelle, who later won five major programming awards. "BBC Tees" now broadcasts from its studios in Middlesbrough on 95.0 (Bilsdale West Moor), 95.8 (Whitby) FM and DAB.

It became known as Radio Cleveland on 1 April 1974, when the county of Cleveland was formed, and moved to new offices in 1983. On 1 April 1996, the county of Cleveland split into Stockton-on-Tees, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, and Redcar and Cleveland. These four boroughs along with nearby Darlington now form the governmental sub-region of Tees Valley. Also included in the main coverage area is the Army's main garrison at Catterick Garrison, which is also included in the transmission area of Radio York on 104.3 FM.

The station recently rebranded itself as BBC Tees, a brand already associated with its 'Where I Live' website and 'BBC Bus', due to its broadcasting area no longer being associated with the name Cleveland.


The signal on 95 FM is relatively strong and comes from the 900-foot Bilsdale transmitter on the North York Moors, which transmits the main television signals for Teesside and North Yorkshire, and national radio frequencies, as well as the commercial stations TFM Radio on 96.6 FM, 100-102 Century FM on 100.7 FM and Galaxy 105-106 on 106.4 FM. Radio Cleveland has greater coverage than these independent stations, and reaches as far south as Doncaster and the north parts of Lincolnshire and interferes with Radio Lincolnshire on 94.9 FM. The Whitby transmitter also has television, national radio, and the independent station Yorkshire Coast Radio on 103.1 FM. Whitby is actually in North Yorkshire. Radio York's coastal transmitter is at Scarborough. The DAB signals come from the EMAP Teeside 11B multiplex at Eston Nab (near the A174 road) and Brusselton (near Shildon between the A68 and A6072).

BBC Tees is also available on DAB in Teesside, County Durham and North Yorkshire and online via the station's website.


  • Paul Braithwaite (Braithwaite's Country - simulcast with BBC Radio Cumbria)
  • Colin Bunyan (Vintage Vinyl)
  • Bob Fischer (Weekday evenings)
  • John Caine (The Rock Show - simulcast with BBC Radio Cumbria)
  • John Foster (Weekday breakfast, Saturday evenings)
  • Neil Green (Monday - Saturday mornings)
  • Katherine Hannah (Weekday drivetime, Saturday breakfast)
  • Alex Hall (Songs from the Shows)
  • Mike Hill (Sunday breakfast)
  • Paddy MacDee (Weekday nights - simulcast with BBC Radio Newcastle)
  • Lisa McCormick (Weekday afternoons, Saturday mornings/lunchtime)
  • Brigid Press (Sunday mornings)
  • Ged Robinson (Sunday nights)
  • Ken Snowdon (Sunday mornings)
  • Diane Youdale (Weekday mornings)

Sports presenters

  • James Mountford
  • Mark Drury
  • Ray Simpson

Former presenters

  • George Lambelle (now MD,Obsidian TV & media services)
  • Karen Slater
  • David Macmillan
  • Graeme Aldous
  • John Allard
  • Adrian Allen
  • Alistair Anderson
  • Paul Anderson
  • Will Banks (now at BBC Oxford)
  • Tony Baynes
  • Ernie Brown
  • Ian Charlton
  • Matthew Davies (now at BBC Radio Kent)
  • Anne Davis
  • Julie Donaldson
  • Dave Eastwood
  • John Gelson (now Media Relations Manager with National Express - East Coast)
  • Bob Hamlett
  • Neil Harris
  • Keith Harrison
  • Ian Hindmarsh
  • Derek Hobson
  • Mike Hollingworth
  • Ian Kenyon (now at BBC Radio Merseyside)
  • Baz Khinda
  • Diana Lamb
  • Anna Lee (now BBC Radio correspondent for North East England)
  • Stan Laundon
  • Stewart MacFarlane
  • David Nove
  • Larry Ottaway
  • Colin Parkes
  • Keith Proud
  • Eric Sumner
  • David Wiseman
  • Richard Hammond (Top Gear)


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