Joe Pignatiello is confirmed as the permanent Managing Editor of BBC Radio York with immediate effect.
He’s been covering the role of Station Editor for the past 12 months and was previously working in development and training for the BBC. His background is as a journalist, presenter and producer.
Joe says: “I’ve been at BBC Radio York for more than a year now and I’m delighted to be staying. It’s a brilliant station, in a beautiful part of the world, with a dedicated and talented team that work hard to ensure we’re a part of our community and local life in North Yorkshire. During what is a hugely exciting time for BBC Local Radio, I’m looking forward to leading BBC Radio York into the future.”
A number of changes have been introduced by Joe since he’s been at the station. Just this week he announced that presenter Georgey Spanswick will be returning to the breakfast show later this year and, in 2017, he brought in Look North’s popular weather presenter Owain Wyn Evans to present the Saturday afternoon show. Before Christmas The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu presented a special Christmas show which was recorded at BBC Radio York marking the first time that the Archbishop had presented his own radio programme from BBC Radio York studios.
In addition, BBC Radio York presenters now regularly take part in ‘Cake and a Cuppa’ sessions in cities, towns and villages across North Yorkshire to help tackle loneliness and isolation in the region by bringing people together. Joe also introduced a Knit for North Yorkshire campaign before Christmas which encouraged BBC Radio York listeners to knit over a thousand scarves to be distributed to people around the region to help keep them warm over the winter period.