Wednesday 31 May 2023

Look North presenting late bulletin

I produced and presented the Look North midweek late bulletin for the first time last week and was pleased with how it went.

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Sunday 28 May 2023

Food Thief

Earlier this week I filmed a story at a church food and clothes bank in Doncaster that's been targeted by a thief for a seventh time. That's despite the food and clothes that've been stolen - from St John The Evangelist Church in Balby - being free to anyone who needs them. After seeing the story on Look North last week a security company in Leeds has offered its services for free to act as a deterrent.

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Wednesday 24 May 2023

North Yorkshire Funding Cuts

From where I'm based in the South of our patch, I travelled to the north of the area we cover, to Northallerton, to report on charities in Ryedale which fear they'll lose funding that was promised to them before a shake-up of local government in the county.  The new North Yorkshire Council is reassessing almost 3 million pounds worth of grants awarded by the former Ryedale District Council.

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Sunday 21 May 2023

School Trip

A community in Leeds has rallied round to raise thousands of pounds to enable more than fifty children in their area to go on a residential school trip to Whitby. Meadowfield Primary School in Halton Moor was forced to scrap their annual 3 day trip because they simply couldn't afford it any more. But when the owner of the local corner shop found out, he stepped in to fundraise three grand.

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Wednesday 17 May 2023

Exams Resume

GCSE and A Level exams got underway in full this week for the first time in three years. Unlike last year, students have not been given advance information about the topics they're likely to be tested on. The regulator Ofqual says the disruption caused by Covid will still be taken into account in the grades that are awarded - but some students are worried that they've been unfairly affected by the virus and, more recently, strike action.

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Sunday 14 May 2023

Trees Meeting live

I reported live on a heated Sheffield City Council meeting this week in the aftermath of a damning report into the tree-felling programme. Fierce protests broke out in the city when thousands of trees were cut down. An independent inquiry found there'd been a failure of leadership and the authority had misled the public. The council apologised.

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Wednesday 10 May 2023

Coronation Coach

I had a 3am start last Saturday to film a story with my mobile journalism kit on day trippers from Barnsley heading to London for the Coronation!  After filming in the coach on the way down, I walked for miles around London following Yorkshire folk as they watched proceeding in the capital. I then edited my report at New Broadcasting House before it went on Look North that evening. It was an exhausting but fulfilling experience to make this report.

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Sunday 7 May 2023

Look North presenting

It was an absolute privilege to present my first bulletins on BBC Look North this week. I really enjoyed it and am grateful to my colleagues behind-the-scenes who helped make it a pain-free experience!

And here's the late bulletin...

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