BBC Look North bulletin temporarily scrapped due to ‘Covid shortages’

Local news bulletins for regions in England – including BBC Look North – will be absent from BBC One’s Breakfast show from Monday as part of “short-term measures”.

It is reportedly due to “unprecedented staffing shortages caused by Covid”.

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If staff are required to self-isolate, that could potentially lead to other regional shows also being “at risk” too, The Guardian reports.

Some viewers could see neighbouring bulletins replacing their evening bulletins, including Peter Levy’s popular Hull programme, while some “particularly local television schedules” could disappear altogether over the summer.

Staff shortages created by Covid could force Peter Levy's 6.30pm bulletin off air next
Staff shortages created by Covid could force Peter Levy’s 6.30pm bulletin off air next

A spokesperson for the BBC said it is experiencing “unprecedented staffing shortages” due to the pandemic.

It says it has so far maintained normal service “apart from a few exceptions” and its priority it to protect its “most popular news programme on TV” – the regional news at 6.30pm on BBC One.

The BBC hopes the return of the morning regional news bulletins will be in the autumn.

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A spokesman said: “Like employers in every area of the economy, we’re experiencing unprecedented staffing shortages caused by Covid. Apart from a few exceptions, we have maintained a normal service so far.

“Our priority is to protect the most popular news programme on TV; the regional news at 6.30pm on BBC One. To do this, we are implementing some short-term measures to ease pressure on our teams.”

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