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The BBC is set to cut 75 jobs in news and the English Regions as part of its cost-cutting plans.
The redundancies were announced today by James Harding, the new director of news and current affairs, who admitted that it had been a “trying year.”

Manchester’s on-call workers will be featured in a new documentary season for Channel 4 called Up All Night.
Britain on Call (working title) has been filmed over the course of 4 weeks in Manchester and features plumbers, GPs and vets who have to be on-hand to help out at any hour of the day or night.

Shop Direct brand, Very.co.uk has employed the Bloom to analyse second screen engagement during its sponsorship of ITV2 reality show, Girlfriends.

Leeds-based agency Bloom, claims that by using its media planning tool, Whisper, Very doubled the social media reach it achieved throughout the last series of Girlfriends, in just one show of this latest season.

The North West’s technology clusters, including The Sharp Project and Liverpool Science park have doubled in size in just 12 months, according to new research.
The “TMT hotspots” report by Deloitte North West has identified five specific areas which have shown significant growth.

Ricky Wilson is to fill the “indie” seat on The Voice, vacated by Danny O’Donoghue.
The singer of Leeds-based Kaiser Chiefs will be lining up alongside new judge Kylie Minogue as well as Tom Jones and will.i.am when the show returns next year.

Dubbed the ‘boy wonder’ of British television when appointed director of television for the BBC age 39, festival organisers hope Cohen will now prove inspiring to a new generation when he delivers a keynote speech in November.

Radio Leeds, BBC Tees and Radio Humberside are all competing for the BBC Local Radio Frank Gillard Awards ceremony in Windsor.

Getting On actress Joanna Scanlan, will be joining producer Jon Plowman for a comedy masterclass in Salford. The festival workshop is one of a series being held between September 30 and October 4 across all of the main BBC bases.

TBWA Manchester has completed its first TV ad for Smyths Toys since winning the £11m account earlier in the year. The ad shows a group of toys making their way from a Smyths store to the door of a young child, together with the strapline 'Hey, let's play!'.

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