BBC Tees Edit

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BBC Tees
City of license Middlesbrough
Broadcast area Teesside, County Durham,North Yorkshire
Slogan North Yorkshire, County Durham, Tees Valley. Proud Of Where We Live
Frequency FM: 95.0, 95.8, MHz

DAB: 11B

First air date 31 December 1970
Format Mainly local news and talk
Language(s) English
Audience share 7.9% (March 2011, [1])
Former callsigns Radio Teesside

Radio Cleveland

Owner BBC Local Radio,

BBC North East and Cumbria


BBC Tees is the BBC Local Radio service for the English areas of Teesside, County Durham and some of North Yorkshire. It broadcasts from its studios in Middlesbrough on 95.0 (Bilsdale West Moor) and 95.8 (Whitby) FM.

Contents Edit


  • 1 History
    • 1.1 BBC Radio Teesside (1970-1974)
    • 1.2 BBC Radio Cleveland (1974-2007)
    • 1.3 BBC Tees (2007-present)
  • 2 Transmitters
  • 3 Programming
  • 4 Presenters
  • 5 External links

History[edit] Edit

BBC Radio Teesside (1970-1974)[edit] Edit

The station was originally launched as Radio Teesside at 6 pm on 31 December 1970 with a local news programme entitledTeesside Tonight, presented by George Lambelle, who later won five major programming awards.

BBC Radio Cleveland (1974-2007)[edit] Edit

On 1 April 1974 the station became known as Radio Cleveland, when the county of Cleveland was formed. The station moved to new offices in 1983. On 1 April 1996, the county of Cleveland split into Stockton-on-Tees, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, and Redcar and Cleveland. These four boroughs along with nearby Darlington now form the governmental sub-region of Tees Valley. Also included in the main coverage area is the Army's main garrison at Catterick Garrison, which is also included in the transmission area of Radio York on 104.3 FM.

BBC Tees (2007-present)[edit] Edit

On Saturday 11 August 2007 the station rebranded itself as BBC Tees, due to its broadcasting area no longer being associated with the name Cleveland. The BBC Tees brand was already associated with its 'Where I Live' website and 'BBC Bus'

Transmitters[edit] Edit

The signal on 95 FM is relatively strong and comes from the 900-foot Bilsdale transmitter on the North York Moors, which transmits the main television signals for Teesside andNorth Yorkshire, and national radio frequencies, as well as the commercial stations TFM on 96.6 FM, 100-102 Real Radio on 100.7 FM and Capital FM on 106.4 FM. The DAB signals come from the Bauer 11B multiplex at Eston Nab (near the A174 road) and Brusselton (near Shildon between the A68 and A6072).

The station did transmit on medium wave frequency for a while but this was closed down in 1992.

BBC Tees is also available on DAB in Teesside, County Durham and North Yorkshire and online via the station's website.

Programming[edit] Edit

The majority of BBC Tees' programming is produced and broadcast from its Middlesbrough studios with regional output for North East England simulcast every night from Broadcasting Centre in Newcastle. The Mark Forrest show on weekday evenings is networked across BBC Local Radio stations from Leeds with Braithwaite's Country produced and broadcast from Carlisle.

Presenters[edit] Edit

Local presenters
  • Paul Addison (BBC Tees Sport)
  • Ali Brownlee (Weekday breakfast)
  • Colin Bunyan (Vintage Vinyl)
  • Bob Fischer (BBC Tees Introducing...)
  • John Foster (Weekday afternoons)
  • Neil Green (Weekday drivetime, Saturday mornings)
  • Paul Gough (Saturday lunchtime)
  • Alex Hall (Songs from the Shows)
  • Mike Hill (Sunday breakfast)
  • Rob Law (BBC Tees Sport)
  • David Llewellyn (Sunday mornings)
  • Lisa McCormick (Saturday breakfast)
  • Mike Parr (Weekday mornings)
  • Brigid Press (Sunday mornings)
  • Ken Snowdon (Sunday lunchtime)
Networked presenters
  • Paul Braithwaite (Braithwaite's Country)
  • Mark Forrest (Weekday evenings)
  • Paddy MacDee (Weekday nights)
  • Michael Poulter (Sunday evenings)
  • Nick Roberts (Beat Surrender)
  • Sue Sweeney (More Than Soul, Sunday nights)

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