Look North Manchester
1970s
Click for larger image The Holme Moss transmitter was brought into service on 12th October 1951 extending the BBC Television service to the North of England. The regional news magazine was originally Look North. Early presenters and reporters included Stuart Hall, Charles Farmer, Nick Clarke and David Davies.

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Some behind the scenes shots of the Look North set in Studio N, Broadcasting House, Piccadilly, Manchester.


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Click for larger image Look North West
1.5.1981
Click for larger image By 1981 Look North was renamed Look North West to avoid confusion for neighbouring viewers in Yorkshire. Here are the opening titles from 1st May 1981, and on the soundtrack is production talkback from the local studio (Studio N, Manchester) and in the background programme sound.
 
The order of events on BBC1 was: 17.40 early Evening News and weather from London, 18.00 Nationwide brief intro (i.e. teaser), 18.00.45 Regions optout of London for local news, 18.25 Regions opt back in to Nationwide, 18.59 Regions optout for local trailer, 19.00 Regions opt back in to London (these timings may be out by a minute or two....). So what you see here is the end of the brief Nationwide intro, then the optout to Look North West, the titles and the start of the lead story.


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The last main edition of Look North West broadcast from the BBC's Piccadilly studio N was on Friday 15th May 1981. David Davies and John Mundy presented the very last programme "Sports North West" the following day on Saturday 16th 1981.



The first Look North West to come from the BBC's Oxford Road Studio B was Monday 18th May 1981.


Click for larger image Look North West
1981
Click for larger image In 1981 BBC regional news said goodbye to Broadcasting House and joined their network production colleagues in New Broadcasting House on Oxford Road. They were the first programme to move into a brand new studio - Studio B which was finished in 1981. As the studio was considered so big, it was shared with other programmes such as Open Air and Russell Harty.
 
A big thanks to BBC North West for supplying us with these clips.
 
right clip - is a clean version of "News North West"


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1982
Click for larger image The shortened version of the above "Look Northwest" titles from 1981. Doesn't John look young in this?
 
Unlike many other BBC Regions at the time BBC North West used an actual title sequence for it's lunchtime bulletins and not a slide or straight in after the globe.
 
Right clip - Bulletin end with a nice weather slide too!


These behind the scenes pictures show the Look North West set in it's new home of Studio B, New Broadcasting House, Manchester.


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Click for larger image Look North West
1983
Click for larger image Short but snappy titles from BBC North West. Superb piece of music. Look North West presenters included Stuart Hall, David Davies, Martin Henfield and John Mundy.

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1983
Click for larger image Here's the sports titles used at the weekends

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1983
Click for larger image The short news sting.
 
The look of all these airbrushed logos and graphic sequences were designed by Peter Phillips


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Click for larger image North West Tonight
1985
Click for larger image 3rd September 1984 and Look North West was no more. In came North West Tonight, complete with a map of the North West in the titles, so no change there!
 
This look ran from 1984 - 1988


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1985
Click for larger image Stuart and John with North West Tonight

Click for larger image North West Tonight Trail
1986
Click for larger image The face of John Mundy in 1986 with a trail for the programme before The Six O'clock News

Click for larger image North West Tonight
1987
Here is Phil Sayer with a special edition of North West Tonight.
 
right clip - Phil with a late bulletin.

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North West Tonight - with Stuart Hall and John Mundy. Like Morcambe and Wise or Laurel and Hardy, BBC North West had Stuart and John (The North West "Dream Team")! The duo presented North West Tonight for many years, broken only when Stuart left for Granada. Stuart Hall is now presenting "Hall's Heroes" for Manchester's local channel - Channel M.
 
Around this time North West Tonight was the most watched local programme outside of London and was voted 'Europes best regional news programme' partly due to it's extensive populated region, serving over 7 million viewers in Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Cheshire, South Cumbria and North Derbyshire.


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1987


Click for larger image North West Tonight
1988
Left clip - NWT moves to early computer graphics for the titles. Featuring a neon 'NW' which also became the logo for BBC North West as a whole and adorned the front of Broadcasting House in Manchester. It became known as the 'bonking worms'
 
As a treat, the right clip displays Stuart's closing line on every programme, wishing us "a fond farewell"!


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1989
Another opening and closing with Stuart Hall and Cathy Smith
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Click for larger image North West Tonight
1990
Another opening and close with John Mundy and Cathy Smith
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1989
NWT Trail
1989
Xmas Bulletin
1990
Closing (long)
1989


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1989
Diana Mather
1988
Diana Mather
1989
Phil Sayer
1988


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1988
Cathy Smith
1988
Sport North West
1988
Sport North West
1989


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1989
NWT Postbag
1989
NWT Close
1989
Breakfast - Nigel Jay
1989


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1990
Click for larger image An opening and close of a news bulletin with Nigel Jay.

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Click for larger image Open Air
1987
Click for larger image Open Air takes a behind the scenes look at the newsroom in BBC Manchester.
 
Back in the 1980s North West Tonight used to share Studio B in Manchester with Open Air and 'People Today'. Open Air utilised one half of the studio from early morning till afternoons.



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1991
North West Tonight with John Mundy and Cathy Smith from 1991, now minus Stuart Hall. I Don't quite know what to say about this one. Hmm, I know, very colourful! Let's leave it at that. Mind you, could the background to the titles be a ceiling tile?!
 
Winifred Robinson would also co-anchor with Cathy when John Mundy was off

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Click for larger image North West Tonight
1991
Here is John Mundy and Cathy Smith again from 1991... It's the night of Children In Need, and Cathy takes us throught to Studio A to see the preparations.
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1991
Cathy Smith and Winifred Robinson with and opening and closing sequence of North West Tonight from 1991.
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1991
North West Update - Nigel Jay
1991
North West Update - Phil Sayer
1991
Trail - Cathy Smith
1991


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1991
Trail - Phil Sayer
1991
Trail - Felicity Goodey
1992
Breakfast - Nigel Jay
1992


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1991
Click for larger image A late news update with Christine Talbot

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In February 1990 BBC North West, BBC North and BBC North East, became BBC North, to release managerial and administrative savings. The new region became the biggest programnme making operation outside London, making more than 600 hours of network tv for BBC 1&2 and over 600 hours of regional tv mostly for BBC1. The headquarters were based in Manchester.
 
The new BBC North now had a new logo based on an original concept by in-house BBC designer Andy Frith. It's 3 interlocking rectangles symbolise the three regions (North East, North West, Yorkshire and Humberside) and also the three 'lozenges' of the BBC logo. The logo was incorporated across vehicles, stationery and regional programmes including the region's newly formed current affairs programme 'Close up North'


Click for larger image North West Tonight
1993
North West Tonight - with John Mundy and Felicity Goodey, other regular presenters included Christine Talbot, Merryn Myatt and Charles Lambert and Peter Stevenson with Sport. From 1993, the newly designed BBC North 'N' logo features prominently in this title sequence and on the set itself.
 
Right clips shows the programme closing.

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Click for larger image North West Tonight
1993
a couple of clips here featuring Merryn Myatt co-anchor of North West Tonight with John Mundy.
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1992
Felicity Goodey
1993
Christine Talbot
1993
Late bulletin
1993


Click for larger image North West Tonight News and Sport
1993
Click for larger image left clip - Stuart Flinders with the weekend news and sports bulletin
 
right clip - Nigel Jay with a North West Tonight news bulletin.


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In 1993 Philip Hayton was brought in from the national news to replace John Mundy as main anchor.
 
Philip left the BBC in September 2005 after 30 years of reading the news.


North West Tonight
1993
A new set and set of titles as Philip Hayton joins the region . Not a map of the North West in sight. Instead we have a rather classy set of titles featuring glass letters spelling out North West Tonight, oddly. This look was created by inhouse BBC designer Ian Bate.
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Click for larger image Northwest Tonight
1993
Merryn Myatt with an opening and closing.
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1993
Late Bulletin
1993
Late Bulletin
1993
NWT Trail
1993


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1993
Click for larger image Another late news bulletin here with Christine Talbot. Christine is now the main presenter for Calendar on ITV Yorkshire.

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Click for larger image The Goldring Audit
1994
Click for larger image A review of BBC Manchester in 1994

On the 25th September 1995 any sign of the BBC News 'serious' blue was no longer in sight. It was dropped in favour of a bright and bold colourful new look.
 
Philip Hayton leaves, and Martin Henfield and Merryn Myatt take over the hotseat. A brand new weather slot was created and Dianne Oxberry was brought in to present (she'd previously worked on air at Radio 1, and before that on The 8.15 from Manchester) The radical new 'spaceage' set was designed by Christopher George, production designer of many entertainment programmes, whilst the graphics were designed by BBC inhouse designer Gareth Price.
 
BBC North West's regional output was given a cohesive look with it's three programmes branded with glossy logos and identified through 'colour branding' . Warm reds and yellows for North West Tonight, blues and purples for Close Up North and turqouise and greens for Northwestminster.



Click for larger image North West Today / NWT Trail
1995
Click for larger image The first glimpse of the new look was in the lunchtime North West Today. Here's that first airing of the new titles presented by Julia Sharp, sadly Julia is no longer with us.
 
The right hand clip is the trail for the main programme presented by Martin Henfield shown before the Six Oc'lock News


Click for larger image North West Tonight
1995
North West Tonight with Martin Henfield
 
Here's the first programme featuring the new look on Monday 25th September 1995
 
The right hand clip is the closing featuring Dianne's first weather broadcast

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Click for larger image North West Tonight
1996
Click for larger image Stuart Flinders here with an opening and closing sequence from 1996...

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1997
Click for larger image Gordon Burns is hired as the new anchor. He's best known as host of the 1980's Granada quiz show The Krypton Factor, which he presented for 18 years.
 
The titles are also situably changed to reflect the introduction of the new logo BBC logo in October 1997


Various bulletins here.. with presenters self-opting a mid morning and breakfast bulletins, just out of camera shot, their fingers press all the buttons to cut between her camera and the network, they did it all without looking down because all the buttons were different shapes, round, square, and triangular. Presenters do not self-op anymore.


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1997
Late Bulletin
1997
Breakfast
1999
Late Bulletin - Carol Lowe
2000


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1999
Late - Martin Henfield
1996
Late - Samali Khan
1999
Late - Martin Henfield
1997


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The BBC News corporate look was introduced in the North West on Monday 8th May 2000 A new set of yellow and blue and graphics designed by Lambie Nairn


Click for larger image North West Today
2000
Monday 8th May 200 and the inevitable happened. Gone were the colourful titles, replaced by the BBC corporate look.
 
The first glimpse was in this lunchtime North West Today bulletin.

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Click for larger image North West Tonight
2000
The main programme with the new look.
 
In the right clip Dianne and Gordon have 'happy talk' and discuss the new window overlooking Oxford Road

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Click for larger image North West Tonight
2000
with Stuart Flinders and Dianne Oxberry.
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2000
Nigel Jay
2001
Tony Morris
2001
Happy Talk
2001


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Click for larger image North West Tonight Commonwealth Games
2002
Click for larger image In 2002 The Commonwealth Games were hosted in Manchester. North West Tonight introduced special 'gold' titles as broadcast partner to celebrate the occassion.


Click for larger image North West Tonight
2002
A new variation of the familiar corporate look was introduced across the BBC English Regions on Monday 16th September 2002. This is how it looked in the North West.
 
Titles now feature shots from around the region featuring a mix of people, young and old.

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North West Today
2002
Tina Bangs with a lunchtime North West Today.
 
Tina no longer works at BBC North West, but can be seen occassionaly presenting 60 Seconds - the BBC News bulletin on BBC Three.


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Click for larger image North West Tonight - Late Bulletin
2003
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Click for larger image North West Tonight
2006
Now NWT turns contemporary with cool greys and vibrant reds. Another corporate look is rolled out across the English Regions using the 'transmission rings' which look more like rain drops! over the distinctive flat red colour adopted by BBC News.
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Click for larger image North West Today
2005
Stuart Flinders here with a lunchtime North West Today

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2006
Later in 2006 Tony Livesey joins as a main sports presenter along side Gordon and Dianne. Tony previously was Editor for The Sunday Sport newspaper in Manchester.
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2006
Late - Ranvir Singh
2006
Weekend - Mark Edwardson
2006






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2007
Last studio programme
2007
Sneak peak - new look
2007


The long awaited (and much hyped) relaunch finally happened on September 10th 2007 at 6.30pm. Out went the two old blokes in their greenhouse at Jodrell Bank (their tomatoes must have ripened by now) The large lady in Liverpool has long since been to weight watchers and now resembles Twiggy plus the old dears now only visit Blackpool with walking sticks.
 
With the new titles and the new set comes a new co-presenter, the well respected and long-serving Gordon Burns is joined by the fresh young face of Ranvir Singh who has worked on the programme as reporter and presenter in the past.


Click for larger image North West Tonight (Main programme)
2007
The evening programmes titles feature shots of the Manchester skyline, the World's biggest glitterball at South Shore Blackpool, The Laxey Wheel on The Isle of Man, Liverpool skyline from Wallasey and The Buxton Opera House in Derbyshire. The new look was designed and directed by Gareth Price of 422, new music composed by David Lowe, with set design by Dominic Tolfts. (Right clip - programme close)
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Click for larger image North West Tonight (late bulletin) 2007
Click for larger image Annabel Tiffin here with the first late bulletin. The titles feature night time shots of Blackpool, Liverpool and Manchester

Click for larger image North West Today (Breakfast) 2007
Click for larger image Naomi Cornwell here with the first new look Breakfast bulletin on Tuesday Sept 11th

Click for larger image North West Today (Lunchtime)
2007
Heather Stott joins Gordon Burns for her first go on the new set. Watch as the end credits roll Heather shows us her Jayne Torville impression.
 
The new titles use all various BBC News elements, and proves a region can have a unique look whilst still belonging to the bigger brand, without being identical.

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Click for larger image North West Tonight
2007
Click for larger image Mark Edwardson with the first new look Saturday bulletin

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2007
Click for larger image Mark Edwardson back again with the first new look Sunday bulletin

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2007
Click for larger image The first primetime bulletin with Kate Silverton and Ranvir Singh. The NWT logo used here is different and not as good as the one they use for their main programmes


Click for larger image North West Today
21.04.2008
Click for larger image A disappointing new look for NWT, considering how striking the short lived last look was. This is how Lambie Nairn's corporate design for BBC News looks in the North West. Overall it just feels bland, lacking in imagination as it's too similar a design from the 1999 corporate look, old elements are back, pulsating rings and geographical placed names, but on white instead of blue, would have been great to see a new and innovative design like the last one.

Click for larger image North West Tonight
21.4.2008
Click for larger image Here's how the main evening programme now looks, a backdrop of Salford Quays is now used - this is where the new BBC North building is being built. The end logo also looks odd with 2 x BBC logos, branding it with BBC News is a good idea, but 'BBC' North West Tonight aswell? However if the brief from BBC News was to have no emotion and distinction between national and local news then this very generic look has succeeded.

Later in 2009 the studio backdrop was changed from blue lighting to red to tie in better the BBC News corporate look.


Click for larger image North West Today
2009
Click for larger image Kate Simms and Carol Lowe present North West Today bulletins

Click for larger image North West Tonight Christmas Special
2009
Click for larger image Left clip - For the last main programme of 2009, North West Tonight dedicated the whole programme with an outside broadcast live from the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital. To mark the occassion a special set of titles was produced.
 
Right clip - a festive snowflake theme end copyright.


Click for larger image North West Tonight - Gordon Burns Last Programme
2011
Click for larger image Gordon Burns retires from the BBC after 15 years of presenting. Refered to as 'GB' by his co-host Ranvir

Click for larger image North West Tonight - Roger Johnson First Programme
2011
Click for larger image Former BBC South sports reporter Roger Johnson becomes North West Tonight's new anchorman. Ranvir takes over Gordon's old seat

Click for larger image North West Tonight - NBH Tributes
2011
Click for larger image As the programme enters their final week in Oxford Road, Dave Guest creates a series of reports looking back at the history of North West Tonight in New Broadcasting House.

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2011
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Click for larger image North West Tonight - Last Oxford Road Programme
25.11.2011
Click for larger image A fond farewell to the BBC's Oxford Road studios in Manchester as it leaves the City of Manchester to head down the road to nearby City of Salford.

Click for larger image North West Tonight - Last Oxford Road Broadcast
27.10.2011
Click for larger image Kate Simms presents the very last broadcast from the BBC's old Oxford Road headquarters in Manchester. The lights go out for the last time on Sunday's late bulletin 27th November 2011.


Click for larger image North West Tonight - First Media City Broadcast
28.10.2011
Click for larger image On November 28th 2011 the BBC North West news operation began broadcasting from their new home at Media City, Salford. Eleanor Moritz presented the very first broadcast in Breakfast at 6.30am from their smaller presentation studio. The new backdrop shows the immediate view from Media city overlooking the Manchester Ship Canal with Manchester city centre in the background and also the Pennie hills in the distance.

Click for larger image North West Tonight
28.10.2011
Click for larger image As part of the move, the programme is given an updated look. The new titles have all the BBC News brand identity but now feature a glossy 3D globe, updated shots of the region now are - Coniston Water, Liverpool's 3 Graces, Whalley Viaduct, Laxey Wheel, Derwent Dam, Manchester's Beetham Tower and The Lovell Telescope in Cheshire. The titles were designed and directed by graphic designer Gareth Price. The new set which will be shared with the BBC Breakfast programme, the screens behind the presenters show a wide panoramic view from Media City over Salford.

Click for larger image North West Tonight - Late Bulletin
28.10.2011
Click for larger image Here's Annabel Tiffin with the new look late news. The end shot gives us a glimpse of how big the studio actually is.

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Click for larger image North West Today
28.7.2012
Click for larger image Graham Liver with the local news

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