BBC Yorkshire's area within the UK
|Broadcast area||South Yorkshire
North Yorkshire (parts)
North Midlands (excluding Lincs.)
|Nation||BBC English Regions|
in this area
|BBC Radio Leeds
BBC Radio Sheffield
BBC Radio York
|This article does not cite any references or sources. (July 2013)|
BBC Yorkshire is one of the English regions of the BBC. It was formed from the division of the former BBC North region into BBC Yorkshire and BBC Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, based in Hull.
BBC Yorkshire's television output consists of the flagship regional news service Look North, the topical magazine programme Inside Out and a 20-minute opt-out during Sunday Politics. BBC Yorkshire also produces a late night football magazine show Late Kick Off with BBC Yorkshire and Lincolnshire and formerly produced the rugby league highlights programme The Super League Show (it is now made by PDI Media but uses the same studio facilities), which is simulcast in the North West, North East & Cumbria and East Yorkshire & Lincolnshire regions on Monday nights.
The three stations simulcast networked programming during the evenings and late night with Radio York also carrying programming from BBC North East and Cumbria.
Online and Interactive
BBC Yorkshire also produces regional news and local radio pages for BBC Red Button and BBC Local News websites for each county.
The regional operation from Leeds began in 1968, when the original BBC North region was broken up into BBC North, BBC North West and BBC North East, with the BBC North name being transferred from Manchester to the new operation in Leeds. The new operation was called BBC North until 2002.
In 2002, viewers on the Belmont transmitter transferred to the BBC Yorkshire and Lincolnshire service, and the service began to use the on-screen name of BBC Yorkshire. This was made official in 2004, when both the Leeds operation, and the Yorks and Lincs operation in Hull, moved into new premises.
The first Leeds base for BBC North was a converted studio complex in All Souls Church, where the service was based through into the 1970s. From then, the service moved into Old Broadcasting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds where some services such as BBC Radio Leeds had already been broadcasting. The building itself was of two ages, one part made of stone with columns, and another made of concrete, and featuring the BBC Coat of arms moulded into the front of the building.
In 2004, however, the equipment required replacing and new premises were designed and created. All of BBC Yorkshire moved to the new building, located in St. Peter's Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds, which had state of the art computer systems, new digital studios for BBC Radio Leeds, and brand new technology that allowed the programme to be broadcast in widescreen.