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Look North (Yorkshire and North Midlands)

BBC Look North
Look North titles
Format Regional News
Presented by Harry Gration
Producer(s) BBC Yorkshire
Running time Main bulletin: 30 minutes
Original channel BBC One Yorkshire
Picture format 576i (16:9 SDTV)
Original run 25 March 1968 (1968-03-25) – present
Related shows BBC Look North (East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire),
BBC Look North (North East and Cumbria),
ITV News Calendar
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BBC Look North is the BBC's regional television news service for South and West Yorkshire, parts of North Yorkshire and the North Midlands. The programmes were produced and broadcast from the BBC Broadcasting Centre at St. Peter's Square in Leeds with journalists also based at newsrooms in Bradford, Sheffield and York.

Look North can be watched in any part of the UK (and Europe) from Astra 1N on Freesat channel 966 and Sky channel 956. The latest edition of Look North is also available to watch on the BBC iPlayer.

Coverage area

The Leeds programme covers the areas of Radio Leeds and Radio Sheffield. Due to the size of North Yorkshire, the listenership of Radio York is covered by the geographically multitudinous Look North programmes from Leeds and Newcastle.

Many homes in southern areas of North Yorkshire such as Selby and York have their aerials directed at Emley Moor, meaning they receive the Leeds edition of Look North. In addition, central and southern parts of the Yorkshire Dales receive the Leeds edition of Look North through various relay transmitters. Areas further north such as Wensleydale and some parts of the North York Moors can get a better signal from the Bilsdale transmitter meaning they receive the Newcastle edition of Look North. Most viewers in Scarborough and Filey receive the Leeds edition from a relay transmitter at Oliver's Mount and in some cases, the Hull edition for East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

For viewers on Freesat, extreme north areas of North Yorkshire (DL, TS, and YO21/22 postcodes) are allocated the Newcastle edition on both BBC One and ITV. YO7 and YO62 postcodes are allocated the Leeds edition on BBC One and the Newcastle edition on ITV. All other postcode areas of North Yorkshire (including Harrogate, Scarborough and York) are allocated the Leeds edition on both BBC One and ITV.


On weekdays, Look North broadcasts six three-minute opt-outs during BBC Breakfast at 27 and 57 minutes past each hour. A fifteen-minute lunchtime programme follows at 1:30 pm before the main 27-minute edition at 6:30 pm. A short 30-second headlines update during the BBC News Summary at 8:00 pm and a seven-minute late update is shown at 10:25 pm, following the BBC News at Ten.

Look North also airs four bulletins during the weekend: a lunchtime bulletin on Saturday, early evening bulletins on Saturday & Sunday and a late night bulletin on Sundays, following the BBC News at Ten. The times of these bulletins usually vary.


The Leeds edition of Look North was broadcast from Leeds since 28 March 1968. Before that the region was served by regional television news in Manchester, launched in September 1957 with daily News from the North bulletins for the entire north of England. The start of a separate programme for the North East & Cumbria in 1959 allowed the daily bulletins to focus on the North West and Yorkshire & Lincolnshire areas. The programme was extended to 20 minutes in 1962 and renamed North at Six (later Look North).

The launch of a dedicated regional news service from Leeds allowed for greater coverage of the two distinct areas on each side of the Pennines. It also coincided with the decision to introduce a separate ITV contractor for the east of the Pennines, Yorkshire Television, which went on air in July 1968 along with its own regional news magazine, Calendar. Prior to that, Yorkshire had been covered by the Manchester-based contractors ABC (weekends) and Granada (weekdays).

The first presenters and reporters of Look North Leeds included John Burns, Barry Chambers, David Haig, James Hogg and David Seymour. Because Look North Leeds was carried on the powerful Holme Moss transmitter following its launch, it could be received in the north-west, Isle of Man, south to near Birmingham and even in parts of Northern Ireland as viewers' correspondence often testified (the Manchester programme then being carried from Winter Hill and restricted to the north-west).

Look North Leeds was the main programme for the whole of the 'BBC North' (later 'Yorkshire & Lincolnshire') region until 11 November 2002, when a new studio had been built in Hull, and the programme split in two. A short opt-out service for the East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire had been in service since 2001.

The programme was first produced from All Souls Church in Blackman Lane, Leeds, where part of the church was converted into TV studios with attendant equipment. Prominent local figures who made appearances at the studios included Jimmy Savile and the rugby league commentator Eddie Waring. The All Souls studio was only equipped for black-and-white.

In 1974 Look North moved to new studios at Broadcasting House on Woodhouse Lane, near Leeds Metropolitan University and round the corner from All Souls Church. The new facilities, equipped for colour, remained the base for Look North Leeds and other regional programmes until 26 September 2004. A brand new broadcasting centre was built near the West Yorkshire Playhouse on St Peter's Square, with BBC Look North moving into the new premises on 27 September 2004. The move coincided with the introduction of a new BBC Yorkshire region.

On air team


Person Title(s) Related note(s)
Harry Gration Main presenter/newsreader
Clare Frisby Newsreader
Jennifer Bartram Weather presenter
Kay Crewdson
Keeley Donovan Newsreader; Inside Out reporter
Lisa Gallagher
Paul Hudson


Person Title(s) Related note(s)
Phil Bodmer Bradford and West Yorkshire Correspondent Stand-in presenter/newsreader
Tom Ingall South Yorkshire Correspondent
Cathy Killick North Yorkshire Correspondent
Ian Bucknall News Correspondent
Ben Cryer
Emma Glasby
Amanda Harper Stand-in presenter/newsreader
Danni Hewson
Charlotte Leeming Stand-in presenter/newsreader
Kersti Mitchell
Nicola Rees Stand-in presenter/newsreader
Neil Smallburn
Ian White
Sam Wichelow
Tanya Arnold Sport Correspondent The Super League Show presenter
Paul Ogden
Jamie Coulson Health Correspondent
John Cundy Crime and Social Affairs Correspondent
Jenny Hill Crime Correspondent North of England Correspondent for BBC News
Len Tingle Political Editor
Alan Whitehouse Transport Correspondent

Former on air team

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