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Peter Levy
Peter Levy

Peter Levy - as Yorkshire as they come

Peter Levy feels as Yorkshire as they come . . . all thanks to a high-risk strategy by a now-famous MP!

Peter, now the co-presenter of the East Yorkshire version of BBC Look North, has lived in "God's Country" since his late teens.

He had applied for a job on a new commercial radio station in the patch and was interviewed by renowned broadcaster Austin Mitchell, now the high-profile Labour MP across the Humber in Grimsby.

To Peter's surprise, he was hired and found himself with a career in broadcasting instead of the acting career he had set out on.

TV soon followed and for years, he's been the familiar daytime BBC news reader throughout Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, as well as having his own BBC radio show.

Now, he's teamed up on air with Helen Fospero for BBC Look North's nightly news programme from studios in the heart of the city.

Long gone are those teenage acting days when Peter played in some of the TV classics like Dixon Of Dock Green, The Mike Yarrows Show, Comedy Playhouse and Man About The House.

Now it's Peter and Helen's Look North live from the banks of the Humber.

He says: "The area deserves it and I'm pleased to be an integral part of it all. I've got a flat in Victoria Dock and it's a really fantastic area to live in.

"Also I can walk to work in the city centre in ten minutes or so.

"I've always found the Hull people to friendly, warm and polite.

"I knew they would be very welcoming and I've found that they're very keen on all the things the BBC now has to offer them.

"It's exciting for me to be in at the beginning of a new venture and Helen and myself want to make the new, dedicated programme something everyone in Hull can be proud of."

Peter adds: "The City is at the heart of all this major new BBC investment. If people here ever felt behind the times in the past, they've now overtaken everyone in one fell swoop."

Peter is no stranger to Hull and its surrounding area and has fond memories of his involvement over the years.

Naturally, he's been to the Hull New Theatre many times, his love of acting still being a major interest.

He's recently been out on a speedboat in the Humber - "a very exhilarating experience which I'd recommend to everyone."

Spurn Point remains as one of his favourite walks and Beverley one of his favourite places, though he's now added Barton On Humber - "a really beautiful and hidden-away village on the South bank.

Then there's the attraction of working with Helen.

He says: "You need to get on with a co-presenter. The viewers can tell straight away if you like and respect each other.

"I knew immediately it would work with us. You need someone who is a friend, who shares your sense of humour and who will help you out when it gets tough.

"I really do think the viewers will like the new programme. After all, it's their very own BBC Look North from now on."


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