Press Club visits BBC studios

Catching up with the Archers – and a special reunion on the news sofa!

The secrets of the sound-room were laid bare when Birmingham Press Club members visited the studios at BBC Birmingham. Guides John Wiley and Emma O’Brien gave an insight into recording the Archers and led a tour of the Midlands Today and BBC WM studios. For Press Club president Bob Warman and chairman Llewela Bailey – who for many years co-hosted ITV Central News – there was a ‘déjà vu’ moment as they were re-united on the sofa; albeit the one normally occupied by Mary Rhodes or Nick Owen on Midlands Today!

Photography: Adrian Kibbler


1 Bob Warman and Llewela Bailey reunited on the sofa

2 Debbie Jaura, Jenny Wilkes, John Wiley, Emma O’Brien

3 Adrian Kibbler

4 Aurora Bonin, Steve Gracey, Penny Thorp

5 Fred Bromwich

6 Fred Bromwich, Sarah Whitticase, Paul Raymer

7 Hazel Horton-Peppercorn, Bob Warner, Peter Brookes

8 Penny Thorp

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