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Queen Elizabeth II – region reflects


Newspapers across the region dedicated their pages to Queen Elizabeth II, who died yesterday at Balmoral, aged 96. She reigned for 70 years.

Here are a selection.




The BBC base at MediaCity was officially opened by the Queen in 2012, and today The Peel Group and Landec both paid tribute:

“We are extremely saddened to hear about the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth. Her Majesty gave 70 years of dedicated public service to our country. Our thoughts are with Her Majesty’s family at this time,” said Steven Underwood, Chief Executive of Peel L&P & The Peel Group.

Mark Allan, CEO Landsec added:

“We join everyone around the UK, and millions around the world, who today mourn the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. This is a moment of national grief, and on behalf of everyone at Landsec, we send our sincere and deepest condolences to the Royal Family for their loss and continue to think of them during this difficult time.”


Last year The Queen returned to Greater Manchester and walked down Coronation Street to celebrate the soap’s 60th anniversary.

Earlier that year, Radio 4’s Women’s Hour marked its 75th Anniversary with a special message from the monarch.

On the other side of the Pennines, Dalesman and Countryman both received messages from the monarch as they celebrated their own anniversaries.

Broadcasting and Advertising

Broadcasters across the country have suspended their normal programming and that includes pausing advertising on commercial stations. Channel 4 added that they would also be suspending advertising on All 4.

BBC and ITV both began rolling news coverage across their main channels, with BBC Two switching to a changed schedule throughout Friday.

“On behalf of everyone at the BBC we offer our deepest condolences to the Royal Family following the death of Her Majesty The Queen,” read a joint statement from Richard Sharp, BBC Chairman and Tim Davie, BBC Director-General.

“Her Majesty was the absolute embodiment of public service. She was a unifying figure across generations, communities and borders, who represented the very best of our nation.

“We are grateful at the BBC to have witnessed, recorded and shared so many of the special moments in her long life and reign.

“She will always be remembered with the greatest affection and admiration.”

All BBC Radio stations came together for a networked news specials, as did commercial groups Bauer and Global.


Clear Channel and JC Decaux said that they would also be pausing commercial advertising.

“JCDecaux UK would like to extend our sympathy to the Royal Family.

“We will not be posting any new advertising and will be pausing all commercial advertising on our digital screens today and for the next 24 hours. All our digital screens will show a tribute to Her Majesty The Queen – some will display the official portrait provided by Buckingham Palace shown below, while others will show tributes specially created by our landlord partners. We will also pause commercial digital advertising on the day of the state funeral and will be blanking all posters along the funeral route.”

The IPA’s Director General Paul Bainsfair said today:

“It is with a heavy heart that we hear the news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. She has been Head of State and our Queen for all of our lifetime and she was revered across the World for her wisdom and her sense of duty. The greatest honour bestowed upon the IPA in its long history was when Her Majesty awarded our Royal Charter in 2015. We extend our sincerest condolences to the Royal Family as the nation enters a period of mourning.”


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