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Paul Franks
Presenter on BBC WM
Paul Franks
Paul Franks
For over 25 years Paul Franks has been a popular voice of sport on BBC WM and is looking forward to getting closer to the public in the new Mailbox radio studios.
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The closure marks the end of production at the famous Birmingham site for over thirty years.

The BBC will be moving its radio and television operations to the Mailbox in the city centre by the end of 2004.

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Working at Pebble Mill...

This is my 25th year at Pebble Mill. I started here back in 1979.

For the first couple of years I covered Birmingham City matches as a commentator. Then I went on to present special week night football programmes. After three to four years I became the main Saturday sports presenter.

I've been full-time at BBC WM for seven years doing breakfast and drive-time programmes.

Pebble Mill memories ...

I remember sitting here reporting and covering Villa's European Cup win in 1982.
Paul Franks

Most of my memories of broadcasting from Pebble Mill mainly focus on sport.

I remember sitting here describing the scenes during the FA Cup semi final at Hillsborough when all those people were killed. Also the big fire at Bradford City ground. Initially it didn't seem like it was that serious but it turned out to be horrendous.

Those are the things, for whatever reason, that have stuck in my mind as my key moments at Pebble Mill.

But there have been some fantastic times too. I remember talking to Elton John. The was at Watford football ground and he was persuaded to come up to our commentary point for a chat.

I also remember sitting here reporting and covering Villa's European Cup win in 1982.

So there have been some great memories of working at Pebble Mill, but also great memories of being out at major sporting events whether it's cup finals, world championships etc.

Moving to the Mailbox ...

I just hope that people will take the opportunity to come and see what's going on at BBC WM.
Paul Franks

I'm sad to be moving in a way because there's no car parking spaces at the Mailbox.

However the facilities at the Mailbox are far more modern. There's a lot more studio space and the public will be able to see into the radio studios. I think it's always important to be as close to the public as possible.

We will be in the heart of the city and I just hope that people will take the opportunity to come and see what's going on at BBC WM.

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