26 April 2013
Last updated at 15:55
The naysayers said famous people wouldn’t come to Salford after BBC Breakfast moved last year but photos from BBC employee Nicola Stead show otherwise. On April 26, just before the local elections, Prime Minister David Cameron (above) and Labour leader Ed Miliband popped in for interviews and met BBC apprentices.
Labour leader Ed Miliband, who also has two young children, told Stead he loves CBeebies animation Octonauts and Tree Fu Tom (above), which is produced from Salford.
Stead actually coordinates career development opportunities for staff and young entrants but she has been interested in photography since a young age. She starts most working days by taking pictures of guests on BBC Breakfast, including Chris Hoy, Kristin Scott Thomas, Jessica Ennis, Maxine Peake and David Hasselhoff.
She has taken photos of singers such as Will Young, Ellie Goulding and Carly Rae Jepsen. Alicia Keys, Professor Green, Katherine Jenkins, Sarah Brightman, Rita Ora and Olly Murs have also been the subject of her lens
Her highlights include photographing musician and The Voice coach will.i.am who visited the BBC Breakfast team recently to promote his new single. He is pictured with Charlie Stayt, Louise Minchin and Mike Bushell.
Oscar-nominated actor and heartthrob Bradley Cooper created a buzz among Salford staff earlier this year. He appeared on the sofa with Bill Turnbull and a very happy Susanna Reid.
Guests and Talent editor Carolyn Bodley says shows at BBC North collaborate to ensure guests, like boyband JLS above, "have a worthwhile and memorable experience, especially when visiting the site for the first time”. BBC Breakfast has maintained its audience ratings since the move, drawing around 1.6m viewers.