at Pebble Mill...
came to Pebble Mill as a Radio 4 reporter for current affairs and
staying about a year in radio I went on to regional television where
I eventually became one of the main presenters.
presenting breakfast news for Midlands Today about 10 years ago
by choice. I like the breakfast shift but I wish I didn't have to
get up quite so early. But it's great fun being in at the start
of the days news.
memories of Pebble Mill...
in the early days the atmosphere was fantastic. It was like being
part of a huge family. The BBC Club used to be on the second floor
and there was a party atmosphere quite a lot of the time. There
was always a huge feeling of pride in the building and what it was
There was always a feeling of excitement in the building.
real heyday was 'Pebble Mill at One'. It was so popular. In the
newsroom we would always try and find out what guests were in that
was always a feeling of excitement in the building.
I remember the dramas that we did in the big television studio.
When we filmed 'All Creatures Great and Small', often they would
film in the evenings. I used to work the evening shift. I would
take my friends down and we would creep around the back of the studio.
Instead of seeing the things they would now do on location - like
sheep in a pen - there would be a barn in the studio with animals
having said that I've had a ball in the newsroom. Most of the time
I've really looked forward to coming to work. Over the years I've
worked with great people.
on the Mailbox move ...
I haven't got a tremendously sentimental attachment to the building.
It's freezing in the winter and boiling in Summer. But I am
very proud of what it's achieved.
I came to Pebble Mill, it was the first purpose built broadcasting
centre outside London that housed both national and local radio
and television all in the same building.
hadn't been done before. It was really groundbreaking for the BBC.
are using less and less of the building. So it was inevitable that
we would have to downsize.
example we've lost our drama studios. We still do dramas like Dalziel
and Pascoe and other awards winning dramas, but those are mostly
filmed on location now so we don't need those facilities.
the years our regional news output has become a much wider operation.
But we're still in the same newsroom as when we arrived.
It will be an exciting challenge moving to the mailbox.
got a tremendously sentimental attachment to the building. It's
freezing in the winter and boiling in summer.
I am very proud of what it's achieved. It really was ground breaking
in it's time. I was here, I saw it and it was great. It's not to
say we don't do great things now. We do! But they're now done differently.
will be an exciting challenge moving to the Mailbox and it will
be fun being in the city centre.
have to move on. Lets look forward to it. It could be great.