12 Facts About BBC Manchester


BBC Manchester is the British Broadcasting Corporation regional headquarters for the North West, the largest BBC region in the UK.

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BBC Manchester is a department of the BBC North Group division.

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The BBC considers the Manchester department as one of its three main national bases alongside London and Bristol, and has had a presence in the city since launching the 2ZY radio station in 1922.

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The BBC Manchester had its first studio outside London in 1954 when the corporation leased the Dickenson Road Studios.

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In 1967, the decision was taken to build a purpose-built BBC building in Manchester on Oxford Road which opened in 1976.

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BBC Television Centre in London, Granada Studios and New Broadcasting House in Manchester were all coming to the end of their operational span and the BBC decided to transfer more departments north, preferably to Manchester where they have been based for 90 years.

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BBC Manchester decided on moving to MediaCityUK in Salford Quays, a short distance outside the city centre.

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The BBC formed another production centre, BBC Piccadilly Studios in Manchester city centre in 1957 for local programming.

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From 1975, BBC Manchester's base was New Broadcasting House on Oxford Road in Manchester city centre.

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New programmes such as Life on Mars, Dragons' Den and Waterloo Road were all commissioned soon after and BBC Manchester is Europe's 2nd largest creative industry in Europe.

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BBC Manchester was the base for programmes such as It's a Knockout and Red Dwarf, while programmes such as A Question of Sport originated there.

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BBC Manchester transferred its base to MediaCityUK in 2011 which is located two miles west of New Broadcasting House in Salford Quays.

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