New Bradford studio makes BBC 'accessible'

By WalŽ Azeez

The BBC has officially opened a new studio based in the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television in Bradford.

Opened by BBC director general Greg Dyke, the studio and office is a result of a joint venture with the museum, forming part of its interactive news gallery on the third floor. The new space will house staff from BBC Radio Leeds, BBC Look North, BBCi Bradford and BBC Asian Network.

“Our new studio and office gives the BBC a much friendlier face in Bradford,” Dyke said at the launch. “Being part of the museum here means that visitors are able to see BBC staff at work, yet are also able to learn about the BBC on a much wider basis.

“They can learn about how BBC regional TV works, surf the BBC’s online pages and try reading a news bulletin using a BBC autocue.”

Colin Philpott, head of local and regional programmes in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, said Bradford had “proper TV facilities in the city for the first time and a state-of-the-art studio for BBC Radio Leeds to broadcast programmes from on a regular basis”.

He added: “We’ve created a website for Bradford and a base for the Asian programmes team producing local programming and contributing to the Asian Network.”

Richard Whitaker, acting editor, BBC Radio Leeds, said being based in the museum would make the station more accessible to the public.

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