BBC East Midlands
BBC East Midlands's area within the UK
|Radio stations||BBC Radio Derby
BBC Radio Leicester
BBC Radio Nottingham
|Headquarters||London Road, Nottingham, NG2 4UU|
|Area||Derbyshire (except the North Midlands area)
Nottinghamshire (except the North Midlands area)
Lincolnshire (South Kesteven)
|Nation||BBC English Regions|
(Head of Regional
& Local Programmes)
BBC East Midlands is the BBC English Region covering Derbyshire (except High Peak, North East Derbyshire and the northern areas of the Derbyshire Dales), Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire (except Bassetlaw), Rutland and South Kesteven in Lincolnshire.
The television area is bigger than the region's radio area, because of the coverage from Waltham over Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire. In reality, Radio Leicester covers much the same area as TV reception from Waltham, including all of Northamptonshire.
On weekdays, the three stations carry local programming between 6am and 7pm before joining together for a nationwide evening show presented by Mark Forrest. The weekday 'East Midlands Late Show' is produced at Nottingham from Sunday to Thursday, and is presented by various hosts on air between 10pm and closedown at 1am.
Online and Interactive
BBC East Midlands also produces regional news & local radio pages for BBC Red Button and the 'BBC Local News' websites for each county.
The region itself used to be part of BBC Midlands as one large region controlled from Pebble Mill Studios but was served by a small television and radio studio based on the top floor of Willson House on Derby Road in Nottingham. This studio supplied live reporter pieces and interviews as injects into the BBC Midlands evening programme "Midlands Today", which were seen by the whole region - the Nottingham studio also produced some regional programming, including The Dog Show and Dennis McCarthy's Weekly Echo.
However, to better serve East Midlands viewers, a few changes were made. Initially, the region was given an opt-out news service consisting of an opt-out within Midlands Today and some short bulletins, but this was expanded in January 1991, when a whole new region was created. The new region had a new news programme, although the programme's visual identity remained the same as its West Midlands counterpart. The region is now very much separate from the Midlands region.
Transmission service area
Although the East Midlands and West Midlands are similar in size, the Birmingham programme covers a larger area than the Nottingham programme because its region has three main transmitters, and the Nottingham programme has one, of which the eastern half of Waltham's TSA is outside the BBC East Midlands area. Waltham is on the eastern edge of Leicestershire, and is also the main transmitter for south Lincolnshire. North Northamptonshire is near to Waltham as well. Much of Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire is also covered by Waltham.
The journalistic coverage is different from the broadcast coverage because of the set of radio stations that are tied to the BBC East Midlands region, and which are not. Peterborough and north Northamptonshire, although mostly covered by Waltham, have their radio stations both tied to the BBC East region in distant Norwich.
It began broadcasting in widescreen format in July 2002.
In 1991 the TV studios, Radio Nottingham, and the BBC region's offices were at York House on Mansfield Road. This became Nottingham Trent University's Centre for Broadcasting & Journalism, with the TV studios left intact, which opened in September 1999. York House is soon to be demolished. NTU moved its broadcasting centre in 2009 to its Chaucer Building on Goldsmith Street.
The Nottingham headquarters were built especially after the region was created and were state of the art when constructed in 1999, containing the newsroom for East Midlands Today, a small studio for use by regional news, and accommodation for BBC Radio Nottingham. It is located on London Road, Nottingham.
In addition to the main headquarters, the region has offices in St. Helens Street, Derby containing BBC Radio Derby, and in St. Nicholas Place, Leicester housing BBC Radio Leicester. Both of these premises also contain news bureaux for East Midlands Today.