Thanks as this had not come to my attention. Shame it's only temporary. It's scandalous the local BBC output is called Newcastle in my opinion. BBC North East or BBC Tyne and Wear the obvious names.
Could merge with BBC Tees in my opinion. Last time I was up north, I picked up BBC Tees first in the car, and then Newcastle afterwards. The programming isn't much different to be honest. BBC North East would be fine, and save on money.
However this is about the only time I would propose linking anything with Teesside!
The bigger issue though is the programming. Its repetitive as anything. Just how many times can you get an audience to text in with "Guess the year all these songs are from" in one day?