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Behind the scenes

Barrow Office Reception
Barrow Office Reception

The Barrow Office

Welcome to the Barrow office and studio...see the images of the office.

About BBC Radio Cumbria

Radio Carlisle came on air the first time on Saturday November 24th 1973. Since 1982 and a change of name the station has served one of the biggest counties in England with around 80 miles of coastline, an area of 2,600 square miles and a population of just under 500,000 people.

In an area which stretches from the Solway Firth to Morecambe Bay and bordered by the Pennines and Irish Sea, much of the population is concentrated around Carlisle (the "Border City" ten miles from the Scottish border), West Cumbria (including Whitehaven, Workington and Maryport), Kendal and the Furness peninsula (including Barrow-in-Furness and Ulverston).

The county is perhaps best known for The Lake District with its mountains and lakes and attractive Lakeland towns and villages, and The Eden Valley. Our main studios are on Annetwell Street in Carlisle - opposite Carlisle Castle and close to the cathedral and city centre.

There are staffed offices in Barrow, Kendal and Whitehaven that serve the main population centres outside Carlisle, with additional contribution studios in Keswick and at Brockhole near Ambleside.

Each week the station broadcasts nearly a hundred hours of local programmes from 5am to 10pm on weekdays and between 6am and 6pm at the weekend.

There are more than 30 journalists and broadcasters spread around the county providing this valued and trusted service to the people of Cumbria.

Barrow Studio front
Barrow entrance

This is what you need to look for when going down Hartington Street. It's the Barrow studio front door. The studios are open during normal office hours unless staff are out in the field working on a breaking news story.


Barrow office reception
Barrow office reception

Once you make it through the front door, you get to our main reception area. There's a chance to have a natter with Anne (Lady Hopper), Jennie, Neil or Paul (if they're in) and there are tables and chairs, so you can sit in comfort and complete a Noticeboard item or dedication.


Barrow newsroom
Barrow newsroom

The bulk of the work gets done in the newsroom. On the desks you can see the computers which link the Barrow office to the rest of the global network of BBC producers and reporters. If they wanted to send a message to our correspondent in India, they could do so with a couple of clicks with the mouse. It's far more likely though that they would be sending messages or news stories to their colleagues in the Carlisle newsroom.

The Studios

Barrow studio
Barrow studio

There are two studios in the Barrow office. The smaller on is called the NPA (News Production Area) and usually seats a lone operator or reporter. It's used more frequently by contributors coming in to the office as it is a more simple technical set-up. Although compact, it has all the equipment needed to get the job done.

Paul O'Neill
Paul O'Neill

The NPA's bigger brother is the Main Studio. It is a slightly more complex set-up, with the digital mixer taking up the majority of the space. On top of the mixing desk are two monitors and these are used for accessing the BBC computer network and for editing audio material prior to broadcast.

Neil Smith
Neil Smith

If you have a story or information for our Barrow office, please feel free to call in or leave a message on the answering machine.

last updated: 08/05/06
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