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BBC Look North Special to broadcast from University of York

Posted on 5 November 2014

A BBC Look North special focusing on devolution for Yorkshire was filmed at the Department of Theatre, Film and Television’s studios at the University of York on 4 November.

The programme, More Power for Yorkshire? A BBC Look North Special, will be broadcast on BBC1 in Yorkshire & Lincolnshire and on the BBC1 HD channel at 10.35pm tonight (5 November).

Examining whether Yorkshire needs more power, panellists will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of an English Parliament or Yorkshire Assembly, and whether powerful cities should decide where locally-raised taxes are spent.

Part of week-long coverage on the BBC asking ‘what next?’ for devolution following the Scottish referendum, the programme will include short films looking at differing opinions and a debate.

Patrick Titley, Lecturer in Television Production in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television, said: "We’re delighted to be sharing our broadcast-quality facilities and technical staff with the BBC for this production. It's an important opportunity for our students to work with a BBC crew and production team, where they will have to put theory into practice and deliver a thoroughly professional service."

Guests on the programme will include: Kersten England, Chief Executive of York City Council, Councillor Peter Box, leader of Wakefield Council, Lord Scriven, Liberal Democrat Peer and former leader of Sheffield Council, Graham Stuart, MP for Beverley and Holderness, Amjad Bashir, UKIP MEP, Professor Matthew Flinders,  Sheffield University, Andrew Carter, Director of Policy and Research at Centre for Cities, Gervase Phinn, Performer and Rotherham Ambassador, Annette Hall, Executive Principal at E-Act Academies in Leeds, Ratna Lachman, Community Activist, Viv Parry, Leeds businesswoman and Diana Wallis, Yorkshire First campaign.

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