Peter Levy (presenter)
5 September 1955 |
Farnborough, Kent, England
|Occupation||Television and radio presenter|
|Website||BBC Presenter Profile|
Peter Levy (born 5 September 1955 in London) is a former commercial radio and current BBC television and occasional radio presenter.
Since 11 November 2002, he has been a regular weekday host of the BBC regional news programme Look North, originally broadcast from Leeds, it has been broadcast from BBC's Hull studio to the East Riding of Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire weekdays at 6:30 and after BBC News At Ten, the weekend show is presented by other journalists like Victoria Holland He also had his own programme on BBC Radio Humberside, but was dropped due to poor ratings.
Levy was born in Farnborough, Kent, England, but attended a secondary modern school in Truro, Cornwall. He did not do well at school, and by his own admission passed few, if any, exams. Levy first came to Yorkshire in his late teens. He was an actor in his teenage years, when he essentially 'fled' home (and Cornwall) to live in London, having secured small roles in shows such as Dixon of Dock Green, Man About the House, Coronation Street, The Mike Yarwood Show and Z-Cars.
Although wanting to become an airline pilot when younger (he still enjoys flying), Levy was a disc jockey at Bradford's Pennine Radio (now The Pulse of West Yorkshire) from its launch in 1975 – having been hired by the then television journalist and later Member of Parliament Austin Mitchell. He became a presenter at Liverpool's Radio City in 1979, starting on the afternoon show before progressing to the 'drive time' slot.
He originally pursued a acting career and was a minor character in Last Of The Summer Wine, he was then involved in local radio in south of England before moving to Leeds to co present BBC Look North.
He moved to Leeds-based Radio Aire, and then, in January 1987, to the BBC, eventually having a lunchtime show at BBC Radio Leeds. At this time he started as a regular stand-in presenter for the Leeds edition of Look North, always doing the breakfast bulletins. Look North was broadcast across the whole of the Yorkshire and Lincolnshire region at the time Levy started to work on it. He became the regular breakfast and lunchtime presenter of the programme in the mid-1990s. When the BBC split the region into two, Levy moved to present the Yorkshire and Lincolnshire edition from studios in Hull full-time from 11 November 2002.
Levy's on-screen rapport with weatherman Paul Hudson has made him a popular local figure. The duo visited shopping centres around the region and met the public as part of the 2006 Look North Sofa Tour, this was repeated in 2009. The pair have made public appearances as part of a campaign in the East Riding of Yorkshire's libraries concerning reading among the under 11s. Levy made reference to this campaign on his radio show saying he could not read properly until he was ten and this is why he is passionate about campaigns such as this.
From 10 November 2008, he took over the Soapbox slot on BBC Radio Humberside from Blair Jacobs, with a programme from 12 – 2 p.m. called The Peter Levy Show. At 1.55 p.m. each programme, he chatted to Paul Hudson. The programme was also broadcast on BBC Radio Lincolnshire. The programme finished in August 2014.
Levy has appeared in a Last of the Summer Wine episode called "The Man Who Invented Yorkshire Funny Stuff". He was also mentioned in episode 6 of series 1 of The League of Gentlemen. In 2012, Levy agreed in principle to make a cameo appearance in the upcoming British film, Dead Lies. He has also appeared in the comedy show Still Open All Hours.
In 2012, Levy opened the Beverley Food Festival along with the Mayor of Beverley, Margaret Pinder; he is a supporter of the Driffield Show and other country events. Levy owns five cows and keeps them, for part of the year, on Beverley Westwood, an area of common land where many people keep livestock during the summer months.
Levy lives in Hull and admits "Because it’s such a close community in Hull, you can't really step out without being spotted. It is a little bit like being in a goldfish bowl. I'm a pretty shy person when it comes down to it, so it did take some getting used to, but the people of Hull are incredibly warm and friendly so it’s not really a chore." He is very protective of his adopted home, and once controversially said live on air that the man who wrote the book Crap Towns (a book that had Hull as one of the "crappest") was an idiot and everyone who had been to Hull knew it was a "lovely city".
- "Look East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire - Peter Levy". BBC. 24 September 2014. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
- https://web.archive.org/web/20070321103000/http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/briansaudio2/mikegreen/Peter_Levy_with_guest_David_Steele_337x263.jpg. Archived from the original on 21 March 2007. Missing or empty
- https://web.archive.org/web/20070927194659/http://www.tellytunes.com/djphotocards/bbc_leeds/bbcleeds_pl.jpg. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Missing or empty
- "Look North's Peter and Paul hit the shopping malls". BBC Press Office. 2 February 2006. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
- "Humber - BBC Radio Humberside - The Peter Levy Show". BBC. 26 November 2008. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
- "Riding the (air) waves!". Hull Daily Mail. 29 January 2009. Retrieved 16 September 2011.
- "The Man Who Invented Yorkshire Funny Stuff". IMDb.com. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
- "The League of Gentlemen Web site". Leagueofgentlemen.co.uk. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
- "Beverley Food Festival attracts record number of visitors". Hull Daily Mail. 7 October 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
- The Journal magazine, September 2012
- The Journal magazine, September 2012
- "Peter Levy on glamour, insomnia and living life in the goldfish bowl". Hull Daily Mail. 22 August 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2017.