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BBC Tees was BBC Radio Cleveland!
BBC Radio Cleveland changed its name to BBC Tees from August 11th 2007.
BBC Radio Cleveland has changed its name, from August 11th 2007 it will be known as BBC Tees!
Why the change?
The BBC has been in Middlesbrough since 31 December 1970, when BBC Radio Teesside started broadcasting from its offices on Linthorpe Road.
BBC Radio Teesside reflected what was called then known as the “county borough of Teesside”.
That soon changed however when a local government reorganisation a few years later created the “county of Cleveland” and on 31 March 1974, BBC Radio Teesside became BBC Radio Cleveland.
In the early 1990s, the county of Cleveland was abolished and replaced by four new unitary authorities: Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton.
So no Cleveland?
As you're always telling us, Cleveland doesn't exist, so why are we still calling ourselves that?
Well, there is still no universally accepted way of describing this area.
BBC Radio Cleveland covers industrial Teesside, the North York Moors national park, the number of industrial towns in County Durham, rural Teesdale, Darlington and the market towns of North Yorkshire.
So what name now?
The old name of BBC Radio Teesside still wouldn't include those outside of the Teesside area that we serve, so we couldn't go back to that...
Which leaves BBC Tees.
The name currently works well for the Where I Live site, and the BBC Bus, and includes everyone in our area as the River Tees runs through three of the boroughs of Teesside, passing through Darlington, and then acts as the boundary between North Yorkshire and County Durham all the way up to its source in the Pennines.
Still the same?
To go along with our new name we've had a spruce up of our services!
The BBC Tees website has changed its look, as has the BBC Bus, but the shows on the radio are still as great as ever.
We also have a new Open Centre which holds regular free events.
Click the links at the top right of the page to see what your favourite presenters are doing now, and to find out what events are happening in our Open Centre!
last updated: 11/08/07
Have Your Say
So, we're now BBC Tees, what do you think of our new name?
Ken from Norton
Ann from Billingham