BBC South

BBC South is the BBC English Region serving southern Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, the majority of West Sussex, eastern and central Dorset, a small part of eastern Gloucestershire, western Berkshire and parts of Buckinghamshire, Surrey and Wiltshire.

BBC South
TV transmittersHannington
Radio stationsBBC Radio Berkshire
BBC Radio Oxford
BBC Radio Solent
Isle of Wight
West Sussex (majority)
eastern and central Dorset
a small part of eastern Gloucestershire
southern Northamptonshire
Buckinghamshire (part)
Surrey (part)
Wiltshire (part)
NationBBC English Regions
Key people
Jason Horton
(Head of Regional
& Local Programmes)
Launch date
Official website



BBC South's television output (broadcast on BBC One) consists of its flagship regional news service BBC South Today (including an opt-out service for viewers served by the Oxford transmitter), the topical magazine programme Inside Out and a weekly half-hour Sunday Politics.

The region also produces and broadcasts occasional regional documentaries, the latest examples being Titanic – Southampton Remembers and Sea City. The former, broadcast in April 2012, looks at the impact of the disaster on Southampton, where most of the ships staff were recruited while Sea City looks behind the scenes at Southampton Docks and was broadcast in January 2013 with a second series in March 2014.[1][2]


The region is the controlling centre for local radio stations BBC Radio Oxford, BBC Radio Berkshire and BBC Radio Solent.

Radio Solent, BBC Radio Oxford and Radio Berkshire broadcast between 5 am and 1 am with local programming broadcast between 5 am and 7 pm on weekdays. The three stations carry networked programming with the two stations in the BBC South East region every evening. The stations also simulcast overnight programming from BBC Radio 5 Live each night after closedown.

Online & Interactive

BBC South also produces regional news & local radio pages for BBC Red Button and BBC Local websites for each county.


The BBC's television news operation in Southampton began on 5 January 1961 with the launch of South at Six, presented by Martin Muncaster, who had defected from Southern Television. The programme was later renamed as South Today. In 1967, Bruce Parker joined BBC South and went on to become its longest-serving presenter, anchoring South Today for over 30 years.

In 1969, South Today became part of Nationwide, with its own opt-out section of the main programme for local news. In 1984, following the end of the short-lived Nationwide replacement Sixty Minutes, South Today became a standalone programme, competing heavily ever since with the now-defunct TVS's news programme Coast to Coast and the present incumbent ITV News Meridian.

The region itself has changed in size and shape on a few occasions. On 16 October 2000, areas served by the Oxford transmitter were transferred from the large former BBC South East region, served by news programme Newsroom South East, and transferred to an opt out of the BBC South region served by South Today. Additionally, following the digital switchover of the Whitehawk Hill transmitter on 7 March 2012, Brighton and Hove transferred to the coverage of BBC South East.


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BBC South's studio centre at Broadcasting House on Havelock Road, Southampton

BBC South's regional broadcasting centre is based in Southampton, with local radio and television studios also in Brighton, Oxford, Portsmouth and Reading.

Prior to moving to the current studios in 1991, BBC South was based next to the disused Southampton Terminus railway station at South Western House, a former grand hotel set up to cater for first class passengers using the transatlantic liners from Southampton and latterly used as a military HQ during the planning of the D-day landings. The building was famed for its clear views of Southampton docks, making events such as the departure of the Queen Mary easy to film, as cameras only had to set up on the roof of the building, though the technology used at South Western House was famed for its unreliability, as most of this equipment was second hand and brought in from other BBC buildings.[3] The introduction of colour television in the early 1970s led to a major reconstruction of the building, which had a main studio (used largely for South Today) and a small presentation studio for news bulletins and continuity – unusually, the camera for the small studio was situated in the outside corridor and looking into the room.[3]

In 1991, BBC South moved into new, purpose-built facilities at Havelock Road in Southampton. The new studios were built on to the side of the hill at the top of the city with the railway tunnel running directly underneath. This slope meant that the new television studios were far larger than the previous ones, as they could take up vast amounts of space on a lower level. The new facilities also included brand new equipment and technology, radio studios for BBC Radio Solent and editing suites.

The extra space was because BBC South, at the time, was one of the new regional production centres. Previously production centres had been in the large regions with studio facilities, these being the nations, BBC Midlands, BBC North West and BBC West. However, some smaller production centres were being trialled in the South and the North East. As a result, the new studio was made slightly larger so that it could accommodate a network production. When the BBC decided to reduce regional productions as a cost-cutting measure, the fact that BBC South's studio was not too large meant that it was allowed to remain open, unlike many of the other studios and production centres.

The complex has two studios. Studio A, the larger is used for South Today and is audience capable, while Studio B, the smaller is occasionally used by South Today and was originally used for the Oxford opt-out. It is currently used as a meeting room.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "Titanic - Southampton Remembers - BBC One". BBC. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Series 1, Sea City - BBC One". BBC. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
  3. ^ a b "BBC South History". TV ARK. Archived from the original on 4 March 2012. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
  4. ^ Kempton, Martin. "The Rest of Britain - Today". TV Studio History. Archived from the original on 12 April 2016. Retrieved 2016-04-15.

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Albert Bedane

Albert Gustave Bedane (1893–1980) lived in Jersey during the German occupation during World War II, and provided shelter to a Jewish woman and others, preventing their capture by the Nazis.

He was born in Angers in France in 1893 and lived in Jersey from 1894. He served in the British Army 1917-1920 and was naturalised as a British subject by the Royal Court of Jersey in 1921. By profession he was a masseur/physiotherapist.

In 1966 the Soviet government presented Albert Bedane (along with other Jersey resistance activists who had helped and sheltered escaped Soviet slave-workers) with a gold watch. On 4 January 2000, Albert Bedane was recognised as Righteous Among the Nations.

A plaque erected by the Vingtaine de la Ville marks the site of his home in Roseville Street, Saint Helier, where he sheltered escapees.

In 2004 BBC South West launched an audience vote for South West Heroes. The four nominations from Jersey, which falls within the BBC's South West broadcasting region, were Gerald Durrell, Sir Walter Ralegh, Sir Billy Butlin and Albert Bedane.In 2010, Bedane was posthumously named a British Hero of the Holocaust by the British Government.

BBC English Regions

BBC English Regions is the division of the BBC responsible for local and regional television, radio, web, and teletext services in England, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands. It is one of the BBC's four "nations" – the others being BBC Cymru Wales, BBC Northern Ireland, and BBC Scotland.The division is made up of 12 regions. Many of the names of these regions are similar to those of the official government Regions of England, but the areas covered are often significantly different, being determined by terrestrial transmission coverage rather than administrative boundaries.BBC English Regions has its headquarters at The Mailbox in Birmingham (West Midlands) and additional regional television centres in Norwich, Nottingham, Television Centre (London), Newcastle, MediaCityUK (Manchester), Southampton, Tunbridge Wells, Plymouth, Bristol, Leeds, and Kingston upon Hull as well as local radio stations based at 43 locations across England.Overall, the division produces over 70% of the BBC's domestic television and radio output hours, for about 7% of the licence fee.Since April 2009, the English Regions division has been aligned with the BBC News department to "maximise co-operation in the BBC's news operations".

BBC Japan

BBC Japan was a television channel from the BBC available via satellite in Japan. Similar in format to BBC Prime (now BBC Entertainment), BBC Japan showed such BBC programmes as Blackadder and Fawlty Towers, with many of them subtitled in Japanese.The channel launched on December 1, 2004 and was available on Sky PerfecTV! satellite channel 110 and Online TV Company's IPTV service, but ceased broadcasting less than two years later.

BBC Lifestyle

BBC Lifestyle is an international television channel wholly owned by BBC Studios. The channel provides six programming strands: Food, Home & Design, Fashion & Style, Health, Parenting, and Personal Development.

BBC London

BBC London is the BBC English Region producing local radio, television, teletext and online services in London and parts of the surrounding area. Its output includes the daily BBC London News and weekly Sunday Politics on television, the BBC Radio London radio station and local coverage of the London area on BBC Online and BBC Red Button. The region's headquarters are situated in the new eastern extension of Broadcasting House.

BBC Radio Gloucestershire

BBC Radio Gloucestershire is the BBC Local Radio service for the English county of Gloucestershire, which started on 3 October 1988. It broadcasts from its studios at Portland Court in London Road, Gloucester on DAB, 95 FM (Stroud), 95.8 FM (Cirencester), 104.7 FM (Gloucester, Cheltenham & Tewkesbury), 1413 MW in the Cotswolds & Forest of Dean.

According to RAJAR, the station has a weekly audience of 82,000 listeners and a 5.7% share as of December 2018.

BBC Radio Kent

BBC Radio Kent is the BBC Local Radio service for the English county of Kent and parts of southeast London.

It broadcasts on FM on 96.7 (West Kent, Wrotham transmitter), 97.6 (Folkestone area) and 104.2 (East Kent, Swingate transmitter) and DAB.

According to RAJAR, the station has a weekly audience of 179,000 listeners and a 4.1% share as of December 2018.

BBC Radio Solent

BBC Radio Solent is the BBC Local Radio service for the Isle of Wight and the English counties of Hampshire and Dorset. Its studios are located in Southampton, in the same purpose-built office block in Havelock Road as the BBC South Today news studios, and there are district offices in Portsmouth, Newport, Bournemouth, Poole and Dorchester. It was based until 1991 in South Western House, the former railway hotel at the old Southampton Terminus station.

BBC South Asia

BBC South Asia (also referred to as BBC News South Asia or BBC World News South Asia) is an English-language South Asian based television news channel, featuring South Asian news and aimed at viewers in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

BBC South East

BBC South East is the BBC English region serving Kent, East Sussex, part of West Sussex and a small part of Surrey.

The BBC region was created in September 2001 by the joining of the Heathfield transmitter (formerly part of the BBC South region) with the Bluebell Hill and Dover transmitters (from the then BBC London and South East region) to form a new regional TV service. Unlike ITV Meridian (East), it does not serve southern Essex (received from a Bluebell Hill overlap), this area being part of the BBC London region instead.

BBC South West

BBC South West is the BBC English Region serving Cornwall, Devon, Isles of Scilly, southern and western Somerset, western Dorset and Channel Islands.

BBC UK regional TV on satellite

The BBC broadcasts all of the BBC One and BBC Two regional variations on digital satellite television from the SES Astra satellites at 28.2° east; providing local news programmes and other regional programming with local continuity and presentation for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The BBC refers to the whole UK regional network as "BBC Nations and Regions".The local version of BBC One is normally on channel 101, with BBC Two on channel 102. On Freesat equipment, users enter a postcode during initial set up—this determines the correct local version. On Sky equipment, the address to which the viewing card was issued determines the correct local version—without any viewing card the London versions are shown by default. All other national and regional versions are shown in the EPG.

List of BBC properties

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) occupies many properties in the United Kingdom, and occupied many other in previous years. The headquarters of the corporation is Broadcasting House in London; with many other divisions located in London and around the UK. Since 2007 the BBC has been developing a significant base at MediaCityUK in Salford, to which it has relocated several departments. There are also production bases in Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff and Glasgow. The BBC also owns news bureaux and relay stations outside the UK.

Radio Times

Radio Times is a British weekly magazine which provides radio and television listings. It was the world's first broadcast listings magazine when it was founded in 1923 by John Reith, then general manager of the British Broadcasting Company (from 1927 the British Broadcasting Corporation).

It was published entirely in-house by BBC Magazines from 1937 until 2011 when the BBC Magazines division was merged into Immediate Media Company.

South East Today

BBC South East Today is the BBC South East regional television news programme, serving Kent, East Sussex, part of West Sussex and a small part of Surrey. Prior to its launch on 3 September 2001, most of the viewers in the region received Newsroom South East, though some had been receiving South Today.

South East Today is produced and broadcast live from the BBC's South East broadcasting studios in Royal Tunbridge Wells with district reporters covering Brighton, Chatham, Dover and Hastings.

South Today

South Today is the BBC's regional television news service for the south of England, covering Hampshire, Isle of Wight, West Sussex, much of Dorset and parts of Berkshire, Surrey and Wiltshire.

Since 2000, an opt-out of the main programme has also covered Oxfordshire, small parts of eastern Gloucestershire, western Buckinghamshire and southern Northamptonshire.

Spotlight (BBC News)

Spotlight is the BBC's regional TV news programme for the South West of England, covering Cornwall, Devon, Isles of Scilly, southern and western Somerset, western Dorset and the Channel Islands. There is also a special version of the programme for viewers in the Channel Islands. It launched on 20 April 1961. The main version of the programme broadcasts between 18:30 and 19:00 on weekdays, with shorter bulletins at other times. The programme can be viewed anywhere in the UK (and Europe) on Sky channel 967/968 on the BBC UK regional TV on satellite service. Its main competitors are ITV West Country's main evening programme ITV News West Country in Cornwall, Devon, Isles of Scilly, southern and western Somerset and western Dorset; and ITV Channel Television's main evening programme ITV News Channel TV in the Channel Islands.

Spotlight is broadcast from BBC Broadcasting House in Seymour Road, Plymouth, the headquarters of BBC South West. There are smaller studios in Barnstaple, Exeter, Paignton, Taunton and Truro.


TVTimes is a British television listings magazine published by TI Media. First published in 1955, it is known for its access to television actors and their programmes.

TVTimes belongs to TI Media's family of television magazines including What's on TV (published since 1991), TV & Satellite Week (published since 1993) and TV easy (published 2005–14), as well as the soap bi-weekly Soaplife (published 1999–2018).

Whitehawk Hill transmitting station

The Whitehawk Hill transmitting station (also known as the Whitehawk transmitting station) is a broadcasting and telecommunications facility located at Whitehawk, an eastern suburb of Brighton in the English city of Brighton and Hove. It is the city's main transmission facility for television and radio signals. It broadcasts digital television, FM and DAB radio to the coastal city of Brighton and Hove and to surrounding areas along the Sussex coast. It stopped broadcasting analogue television when the digital switchover occurred locally in March 2012.

Services broadcast include BBC One (South East), BBC Two, ITV (Meridian), Channel 4, BBC national radio stations, BBC Sussex and Heart Sussex.

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