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BBC Look North (East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire)

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BBC Look North
Title card used since April 2022
Theme music composerDavid Lowe
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
ProducersBBC News
BBC Yorkshire and Lincolnshire
Production locationsKingston upon Hull, England, UK
Running time30 minutes (main 6:30pm programme)
10 minutes (1:30pm and 10:30pm programmes)
Various (on weekends and Breakfast)
Original release
NetworkBBC One Yorks & Lincs
Release11 November 2002 (2002-11-11) –

BBC Look North is the BBC's TV news service for East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, produced by BBC Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. The programmes are produced and broadcast from the BBC Broadcasting Centre at Queens Court in Kingston upon Hull, with reporters also based in Lincoln.

Peter Levy is the main presenter/newsreader on the 13:30 and 18:30 weekday bulletins, whilst the 22:30 and BBC Breakfast bulletins are presented by different journalists.

The programme can be watched in any part of the UK (and Europe) from Astra 2E on Freesat channel 967 and Sky channel 957, and in select areas on Virgin Media channel 858. The latest edition of Look North is also available to watch on the BBC iPlayer.


On weekdays, Look North broadcasts six three-minute opt-outs during BBC Breakfast at 27 and 57 minutes past each hour – as of June 2016, the bulletins are also shared with Look North's sister service in Yorkshire and the North Midlands, as part of a pilot scheme. These bulletins originally came from the BBC's Hull studios, but now they come from the BBC's Leeds studios. [needs update]

A 15-minute lunchtime news airs at 1.30 pm, before the main half-hour edition at 6:30 pm. and a 15-minute bulletin shown at 10:25 pm, following the BBC News at Ten.

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

Coverage area[edit]

The programme's main coverage area is East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, the editorial areas covered by BBC Lincolnshire and BBC Radio Humberside. Some households in rural north-west Norfolk and eastern parts of Nottinghamshire receive the Hull edition of Look North.[1]


Look North's Hull-based programme began in November 2002, presented by Helen Fospero and Peter Levy.[2] The programme was presented from a small television studio built into the existing BBC Radio Humberside building on Chapel Street and was directed from a technical gallery at Leeds. The programme's first editor was Roger Farrant.[citation needed]

Before 11 November 2002, this region was part of a BBC North region, served by Look North from Leeds with short six-minute opt-outs for the area (introduced during 2001) during the main evening programme at 6:30 pm and the BBC Ten O' Clock News.[citation needed] The November 2002 changes saw the opt extended to become a full half-hour programme at 6:30 pm, with the 10:25 pm opt-out remaining unchanged. Daytime and weekend bulletins were carried from Leeds.

In 2004, Look North, along with BBC Radio Humberside and the Online/Interactive Project, moved to new studios and offices in Queen's Gardens.[3][4] Within a short time of going live from the new studios, dedicated daytime and weekend bulletins for the region were introduced, replacing the previous arrangement of carrying bulletins from Leeds.



Former on air team[edit]


  1. ^ "The TV region - Look North for Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire". BBC. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
  2. ^ "Clare to be axed from BBC Look North edition". The Press. York. 22 July 2002. Retrieved 3 February 2022.
  3. ^ "A home for the BBC in Hull". BBC. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
  4. ^ "Mark Thompson celebrates the official opening of a new state-of-the art BBC building in Hull" (Press release). BBC Press Office. 21 October 2004. Retrieved 3 February 2022.

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