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Look North (Yorkshire)

Look North brings you the latest BBC news, sport and weather from around Yorkshire.

Look North has 11 bulletins every weekday, plus four at weekends. Our main programme is between 6.30pm to 7pm on BBC One with Harry Gration, Christa Ackroyd and Paul Hudson.

Our six breakfast bulletins run every half hour from 6.25am with Clare Frisby, who also brings you the latest travel news.

Our lunchtime news programme is broadcast at 1.30pm. You can also catch up on the day's main news, sport and weather with Ian White at 8pm and 10.25pm, all on BBC One.

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Broadcast today, 18:30 on BBC One (Yorkshire only) and available soon on BBC iPlayer.

The latest news, sport and weather for Yorkshire.


Latest weather forecast - Monday to Friday only

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A Symphony for Yorkshire DVD

The film of A Symphony for Yorkshire is being released on DVD to help raise funds for the BBC's Children in Need appeal.

The DVD will be available at a cost of £10.00 which includes postage & packing.

It can be ordered online at www.charitygoods.com
It can also be purchased by sending a cheque, payable to 'Charity Goods', for £10.00 to:

Charity Goods
PO Box 695
South Wales
NP20 4ZU

£5.00 from the sale of this DVD will benefit BBC Children in Need.

Symphony raises money for Children in Need


Harry returned to Look North in 1999 after a five-year break from the programme. During that time Harry tried out a professional job with a sport he'd followed for years - rugby league.

In 1994, he became their Public Affairs Executive - and returned to broadcasting soon after. It is, he says, a year he'll always remember.

BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Match of the Day and Grandstand grabbed him and then followed four years with South Today, where this northern boy was taken right into the hearts of those on the south coast.

Before his career in media Harry taught history. During his holidays he reported on sport for BBC Radio Leeds and Humberside. His natural talent was soon spotted and he took a gamble, giving up the teaching for a three-month contract as sports editor of Radio Leeds.

There was no stopping him of course –he became a regular reporter and commentator for the BBC's Olympics and Commonwealth Games coverage, travelling the world with his profession.

Harry has presented Grandstand and Sportsnight and has won two Royal Television Society Awards for his sports documentaries: White Rose in Africa (1992) and Dickie Bird - A Rare Species (1997).


Christa Ackroyd joined Look North as co-presenter where she can be found working next to her old friend, Harry Gration. Previously, she was with Yorkshire Television for over a decade as presenter of its nightly programme 'Calendar'.

Born and educated in Bradford, Christa is a Yorkshire lass through and through. The daughter of a policeman, she decided she wanted to be a journalist at the age of nine. On leaving school she started work at the Halifax Courier where she stayed for four years.

She then moved into radio - first Pennine Radio, then Radio Aire where she became the country's first female radio news editor. Christa has never been tempted to move out of Yorkshire and lives up on the moors. She keeps horses, cats, dogs, three children and a husband. "And that's usually the order I feed them in!" she says.


Years ago, BBC Look North weather presenter Paul Hudson left his job as an international forecaster at the Met Office to come and keep a weather eye on BBC North's patch from the Pennines to the North Sea.

It's a far cry from his Met Office role where he was on hurricane and cyclone watch for places such as Miami, South Australia, the Pacific Islands and Singapore. And as they say in the best elocution circles: 'Hurricanes in Harrogate hardly ever happen!'

Paul was born and brought up in Keighley near Bradford, and after reading geophysics and planetary physics at Newcastle University, he joined the Met Office and spent two years at Leeds Weather Centre.

He combined this with a two-year stint as a weather presenter for BBC Look North and for the BBC local radio stations in Leeds, York, Humberside and Sheffield.

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Ian White is the face of Look North's late night news and has presented the programme since 1998. He can also be seen presenting bulletins at 3pm and 8pm Monday to Friday, and Sunday editions of the programme.

Ian joined the BBC in 1993, working in regional television in Norwich, and as a reporter at BBC Radio Norfolk. He came to Yorkshire in 1996 working as a newsreader on BBC Radio Leeds before moving over to Look North. As well as reading the news, Ian is one of the senior journalists in the newsroom producing and writing bulletins.

Originally from Northumberland, Ian now lives near Leeds. Ian says he enjoys his job because you never can tell from one minute to the next what's going to happen both on and off the air!


When Amanda's not presenting, she films, edits and reports her own stories. She joined Look North in 2002. Amanda grew up on the other side of the Pennines in Stockport. Her first real job after university was selling safety clothing and equipment - it wasn't long before she left the overalls and ear plugs for a new career in journalism.

Working from the bottom, and as a volunteer, she started her journalism career as a Video Journalist for cable TV in Liverpool, filming, reporting and editing news stories, and presented bulletins.

After a couple of years she joined ITN as a Video Journalist based in Kent, and then Yorkshire. Every day brought a new challenge. She travelled around the country covering big national stories, including Jill Dando's murder and the Selby rail crash.

If you would like to contact Amanda, her email address is amanda.harper.01@bbc.co.uk


We're always keen to hear from you. If you have a story you can contact us by e-mail: look.north@bbc.co.uk

By telephone on 0113 224 7041, by text on 81333, starting your text with the word 'Yorkshire'

Or by post at:

Look North
BBC Yorkshire
2 St Peter's Square

If you would like to contact one of our reporters directly you can do so by e-mail. Their address is their name (with a dot in the middle) @bbc.co.uk. For example: harry.gration@bbc.co.uk.

If you would like to send us some weather pictures to use on the programme or online, please e-mail paultheweatherman@bbc.co.uk.

If you have a complaint, please follow the links at:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints/homepage/. We aim to reply to every complaint within 10 working days.

If you would like to contact the editor of Look North directly, you can do at the addresses above, or at tim.smith@bbc.co.uk.

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