BBC Radio Humberside and BBC Look North celebrate Hull’s fantastic year with special programming

 BBC Radio Humberside will broadcast a special 12 hour show looking at the highlights from the year.  While BBC Look North will also broadcast a half-hour review programme on the BBC News Channel.

 The Hull 2017 Countdown on BBC Radio Humberside will start at 12pm on New Year’s Eve and will be on air until the city sees in the New Year at midnight.  Presenting the show will be Lizzie Rose, Carl Wheatley, David Burns, Phil White and Kofi Smiles.  The presenters will feature highlights of the year reliving a month per hour and will be joined by special guests.

 Lizzie and Carl will kick off the show at 12pm and cover all the excitement of the first three months of the year as Hull celebrated becoming  the City of Culture.  David Burns will take-over at 3pm looking at some of the dramatic moments that took place between April and June. At 6pm Phil White will step into the hot seat and reflect on all the action over the summer from July through to September. And Kofi Smiles will bring the marathon broadcast to a close looking back on the last three months of the year including the moment when Coventry was announced as the next City of Culture.

 On the BBC News Channel, Britain’s City of Culture – Review of the Year will be presented by Anne-Marie Tasker and the 2017 Face of Hull Kofi Smiles and will look back at Hull’s year as UK City of Culture.  The programme will feature highlights of the hundreds of events that have taken place over the year and will also look at the impact of the year of culture on the city and how it’s changed perceptions of Hull. There will be interviews with Martin Green, Chief Executive of Hull UK City of Culture 2017, some of the Hull 2017 volunteers and Sharon Darley, the driving force behind one of the City’s community projects.

Little Mix at Radio 1 Big Weekend in Hull

 The half-hour programme will be broadcast on the BBC News Channel on Friday, December 22nd at 9.30pm and at various times over Christmas and New Year.  It will also be available to watch on the BBC iPlayer.

 In addition, BBC Radio 4’s Listening Project booth will return to Hull Marina on December 20th to record a special programme which will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Christmas Day at 8am and BBC Radio Humberside on Friday, December 29th at 6pm.  The Listening Project spent six months in Hull from April to September and recorded 250 conversations with 500 people in 30 different locations across East Yorkshire.  This programme will feature conversations with 30 of the people featured throughout the year.

 And the BBC Radio Humberside bus will complete its 250th outside broadcast of the year on Friday 22nd December at Hull Marina. Phil White on the Road has been presenting his weekday lunchtime show from the bus all year which has seen him clock up 10,000 miles and speaking with more than 3,500 people.

 Martyn Weston, Managing Editor of BBC Radio Humberside, said: “It has been an unforgettable year for Hull and BBC Radio Humberside has been proud to be the official radio station for the UK City of Culture.  We promised our listeners we’d be at the heart of Hull 2017 and with many hours of additional programmes we’ve certainly done that.  Our special 12-hour marathon broadcast on New Year’s Eve will help listeners relive the highlights from this amazing year.”

Jane Birch, Editor of BBC Look North (East Yorks and Lincs) said:

“The BBC promised that it would be Hull-centric during 2017 and what started with Hull being put on the national weather map has turned into a fantastic year in the city.  The Look North team is proud to have been part of Hull 2017 bringing all the highlights not just to audiences here in the region but to viewers across the whole of the UK.  Britain’s City of Culture – review of the year will be the perfect opportunity to look back at this incredible 12 months.”


Throughout the year, across the BBC, there has been extensive regional, national and international coverage of Hull’s year as the UK’s City of Culture.  The BBC has been at the forefront of Hull’s fantastic year and has really put Hull in the spotlight with hundreds of hours of programming across TV, radio and online as the city has enjoyed its special year as UK City of Culture.

 We have produced hundreds of hours of wide-ranging programming across TV, radio and online. We have worked with schools and colleges in Hull on projects like the BBC Learning/Radio 1 Academy which has provided fantastic opportunities for young people from Hull; we have brought existing events to Hull including the Radio 3 Uproot Festival; and we have also created new events such as the ambitious Contains Strong Language festival.

Some of the BBC highlights throughout the year have included:

  • The BBC Learning/Radio 1 Academy offered 10 people the chance to become part of the Class of 2017 and receive individually tailored careers advice, industry training and work placements at events throughout the year.
  • The Contains Strong Language Festival took place across four days and eight venues across Hull bringing poetry and spoken word to 8000 people in and around Hull as well as 1.5 million people more watching and listening from their own homes around the country.
  • Thousands of people attended live music events throughout the year including BBC Radio 2’s I Feel Love concert at Hull City Hall; BBC Radio 3 Uproot Festival which took place at Hull Truck Theatre; and Radio One’s Big Weekend at Burton Constable Hall.
  • Gripping mix of TV content including: the BBC Four documentary Through the Lens of Larkin; the two-part documentary series Yorkshire Wolds Way presented by Paul Rose; and comedian Lucy Beaumont presented Welcome to Hull, a BBC Arts documentary broadcast on BBC Two.

The Hull 2017 Countdown will be broadcast on BBC Radio Humberside on New Year’s Eve from 12pm to midnight.


Britain’s City of Culture – Review of the Year can be seen on Friday December 22nd at 9.30pm on the BBC News Channel.


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