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Tuesday 11 September 2012, 17:38
BBC North Director Peter Salmon blogs about BBC Radio 5 Live's Olympics and Paralympics coverage, and looks forward to BBC RE:THINK 2012 and new series produced in and around Salford.
Monday 25 June 2012, 17:58
At the weekend Manchester, Salford and Trafford became part of Olympic history when they hosted the Olympic Flame on its way to its final destination in East London.
In recent weeks it has travelled through the North East - Alnwick, Newcastle, Gateshead, Durham, Middlesbrough, Hull, York and Carlisle...
Tuesday 10 April 2012, 10:27
Preston Bus Station was the unlikely venue for the BBC's latest and most innovative live event - The Preston Passion. This sixty-minute live programme on BBC One fused mass-audience participation, compelling drama and music-making to celebrate both Good Friday and the city itself.
Hosted by Fern Britton...
Friday 27 January 2012, 14:09
There's no denying the facts - in the eight months since we opened for business...
Tuesday 20 December 2011, 10:09
Our new home here at MediaCityUK has gone from being a project to a creative and broadcast reality. We have moved almost two thousand people into our new buildings at the same time that many of them are building new lives for themselves in the region. And...
Tuesday 29 November 2011, 14:14
In the age of twenty-four hour breaking news this phrase might belong to a bygone era, but it's crossed my mind more than a few times in the past few weeks.
Not only have we said our final and historic farewell to Oxford Road - the BBC2 special TV Greats - Our Favourites From The North - paid it a...
Monday 7 November 2011, 15:53
As I have said before, The North of England is a very funny place. Always has been. But we need to find, support and develop the next generation of BBC entertainers. That's why so much work is going on across the region with Cheryl Taylor's comedy commissioning team...
Wednesday 12 October 2011, 13:24
'Hello, my darlings'. The first television words I ever remember. Spoken by the pint-sized comic Charlie Drake. It could easily have been Captain Mainwaring's 'Stupid Boy', courtesy of the immortal Arthur Lowe...
Tuesday 4 October 2011, 12:58
It's been a week of 'firsts' here at BBC North. Our first one hundred days on site. The first Blue Peter and R5L shows last week. The first File On Four and BBC Manchester programmes this week as well as the first students arriving at the University of Salford. And last weekend, the first visit by...
Tuesday 23 August 2011, 01:01
When I was a little lass, the world was half a dozen streets, an' a bit o' waste land, an' the rest was all talk.
After all these years, the words of Violet Carson, Coronation Street's legendary battle-axe Ena Sharples still echo in my ears. For me, that line perfectly captures that fine balance between...
Monday 1 August 2011, 12:39
Every project has its naysayers, and BBC North is no different. Before the first stone was laid at Salford Quays the national and mainly Southern-based media claimed it was a vanity project; a political deal; that it would never succeed and that no one would go.
Despite the almost constant barrage of...
Wednesday 29 June 2011, 14:22
Editor's note: between 1997 and 2000, Peter Salmon was Controller of BBC1. During his time there he commissioned a drama called The Lakes - SB.
As I prepare to interview Jimmy McGovern, one of Britain's greatest writers, it takes me back to when I commissioned his drama The Lakes. To be honest, it was...
Monday 16 May 2011, 12:28
Today we embark on the next chapter in the story of BBC North as we welcome our first movers into our new buildings at MediaCityUK. They join the BBC Philharmonic who moved into their new performance space at the beginning of May and kickstart over thirty-six weeks in the single most ambitious staff...
Thursday 17 March 2011, 11:35
It's been a bitter-sweet time recently.
I don't think anyone with a heart can not have had it broken by the terrible scenes from Japan. Our news outlets continue to report from the region, with Shelagh Fogarty's Radio 5 live reports poignantly capturing the concern and shock. It really brings it home...
Friday 17 September 2010, 10:00
Friday 28 May 2010, 17:12As the buildings at our new home on the banks of Salford Quays get ever closer to completion, the important matter of who we fill them with gets more and more pressing.
In the coming years we will...
Wednesday 26 May 2010, 13:15
As a son of the North, I've always thought the most stirring clause in the BBC Charter is the promise to reflect the nation back to itself. That doesn't mean people living in London patronising regional viewers with programmes about flat capped Northerners with whippets or Welshmen who sing in choirs...
Tuesday 20 April 2010, 17:09
The sun is shining in the north-west, a good day for us to be showing Mark Thompson around our new home on the banks of Salford Quays this morning. There are major challenges ahead of course, but we have made a grand start and have taken possession of all three buildings on time and on budget. Now its...
Tuesday 6 April 2010, 16:39From this month BBC North - the proud new parent of BBC Children's, BBC Sport, Radio 5 Live, and stepdad for BBC Learning, parts of FM&T and all those teams currently based in Manchester Oxford Road - becomes an official group within the BBC.
It's an honour and a bit of a responsibility to launch...
Thursday 18 March 2010, 16:25
When I lace up my running shoes on Friday for Sport Relief I'll be mulling on how far we've come since we set up the charity ten years and Â£75 million ago.
The Sport Relief Mile is reputedly the biggest mass participation event in the world, and this weekend's television is one of the biggest...
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Gordon Ramsay's daughter Tilly, 12, gets her own TV cookery show (Parentdish)
"Following in her famous father's footsteps - minus the swearing!"
Melvyn Bragg and John Humphrys in tense standoff on Radio 4 (Guardian)
"Broadcasters go head-to-head after Humphrys calls Bragg's use of present tense to describe historical events irritating"
BBC Sport experiences record-breaking online traffic in June (Digital Spy)
"It beats the previous record of 73.6 million, which was set during the London 2012 Olympics"
BBC helps produce First World War Moocs (Times Higher Education)
"Not only are we proud that the BBC is able to contribute content and co-create the courses…but it also brings that expertise in storytelling"
Jo Brand to front Bake-Off spin-off (Chortle)
Bruce Forsyth returning to screens in BBC variety show (Digital Spy)
Evan Davis to replace Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight (Telegraph)
"it will be an adventure and a challenge, and I hope the viewers will be happy with the result"
MediaCity leads to Salford becoming the UK's property hotspot (Guardian)
"MediaCity and incoming BBC employees have kept Salford going when the market was bad, said one agent"
Doctor Who: series 8 looks like a scorcher (Guardian)
"Cybermen sizzle as Peter Capaldi films BBC sci-fi series at London’s St Paul’s Cathedral in the middle of a heatwave"
Sophie Raworth: I get far more work now I am over 40 (Telegraph)
"News presenter Sophie Raworth claims many of her bosses are now female and ageism is no longer an issue for women in the BBC"
BBC’s Dominic Coles joins Discovery Networks (Guardian)
"Corporation’s director of operations to be US-based pay-TV giant’s finance and operations chief across western Europe"
Wimbledon final watched by 10 million (Guardian)
"Novak Djokovic victory over Roger Federer takes 54% share on BBC1, but no match for Andy Murray’s win last year"
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