|Broadcast area||East Yorkshire,
|Nation||BBC English Regions|
in this area
|BBC Radio Humberside
BBC Radio Lincolnshire
(Head of Regional
& Local Programmes)
BBC Yorkshire and Lincolnshire is the name for the BBC's twelfth English Region, based in Hull and created from the division of the former BBC North region, based in Leeds (now known as BBC Yorkshire). The primary transmitter is located at Belmont and covers Lincolnshire, East Yorkshire, Hull, and extends southwards to Kings' Lynn in East Anglia.
Announced as part of the BBC's 'Project Hull' investment in October 2001, the TV Region initially began as a 7-minute sub-opt of the main 6:30pm Look North regional news programme and was presented by Clare Frisby from the BBC's studios above the Post Office at 9 Chapel Street, Hull. The region also had its own 10:25pm news bulletins. This was made possible by the fact that the area had two main transmitters; Emley Moor, serving most of Yorkshire (a population of around 4 million), and Belmont, serving East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, as well as parts of Norfolk around the Wash (a population of around 1.7 million). It was also around this time that the name BBC North was dropped, and BBC Yorkshire was adopted as the regional name by the Leeds broadcasting centre, with the Hull centre becoming BBC Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.
On 11 November 2002, Look North for East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire launched as a full 27-minute 6:30pm news programme, presented by Peter Levy and Helen Fospero (née Morton) from a converted studio at Chapel Street, with the two presenters alternating presenting the late bulletin.
In April 2004, the BBC in Hull moved to its purpose built studio complex and open centre at Queens Court in Queen's Gardens. On 21 June 2004, Look North was relaunched as the new TV studio was completed; the two regions of BBC Yorkshire & Lincolnshire based in Hull, and BBC Yorkshire based in Leeds, were now officially regions within their own right. BBC Yorkshire and Lincolnshire's first Head of Regional and Local Programmes (HRLP) was Helen Thomas, appointed in March 2004. In November 2006, Helen Thomas became HRLP of BBC Yorkshire in Leeds, and Catherine Hearne was appointed HRLP of BBC Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. She took up her post in January 2007, but left to go to BBC West Midlands. The first Editor of Look North was Roger Farrant, whose departure to Bristol led to the appointment of Steve Punter as Editor in November 2004. Steve moved on and Dave Betts ran Look North until June 2007. Mark Hayman has taken over this November as the region's first TV News Editor running an integrated team of journalists and operators.
The Look North teams work very closely with the BBC websites, BBC Humber and BBC Lincolnshire and with the region's two radio stations, BBC Radio Humberside and BBC Radio Lincolnshire.