Our teams in Manchester

Not all the teams coming to BBC North are travelling up from London; some are just moving a couple of miles. In fact, the BBC has been in Manchester for many years - producing some of our best-known programmes and websites for regional and national audiences alike. Manchester is also the home of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Please note that we are now recruiting for vacancies in Manchester departments through the 'BBC North Job Opportunities' vacancy.

Here’s just a quick glance of some of what we’re currently doing in Manchester.


Entertainment Productions Manchester is a powerhouse of new and returning entertainment series which sit at the heart of the schedules. Hit business entertainment shows like Dragons' Den, A Question of Sport and Mastermind are as popular as ever.


BBC Comedy North is enjoying tremendous success following its launch in October 2003. Ideal (starring Johnny Vegas) is now in its sixth series, and the second series of sketch show Scallywagga has been aired - series one won the RTS (North) Award for Best Comedy.

Religion and Ethics

BBC Religion & Ethics is a multi-media department producing at least 80 hours of television for BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Four; and over 460 hours of radio for the BBC national stations each year. It is also home to the award winning Religion website. Songs of Praise is one of the longest running strands on television and it continues to perform bringing in 2.5million average viewers each week.

Current Affairs

There is a range of content the Current Affairs team in Manchester produce - including Rip Off Britain, Panorama and items for The One Show.

Regional and Local Programming

This covers departments that shows that are aimed at a regional audience, including BBC Radio Manchester and North West Tonight - which has maintained an audience lead over its ITV rival Granada Reports.

Inside Out is the region's current affairs strand on BBC One, bringing 'unusual stories from familiar places'. The Politics Show on BBC One, presented by Annabel Tiffin, takes its regional input from Manchester. With reports and interviews on politics "from Downing Street to your street", this weekly parliamentary programme transmits on Sunday lunchtimes.

Drama North

A recently formed in-house drama hub tasked with developing drama series, serials and singles for all channels. A home for exciting new voices and established talent within the North of England.

Network radio
A wide range of programming including Marc Riley's 6Music show, Radio 4's Counterpoint and Woman's Hour, and programmes for Radio 3.

BBC Philharmonic
One of the BBC's loudest, yet less well-known, assets will be making the short trip to BBC North.

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