Kate Squire is Managing Editor of BBC Radio Manchester and has been at the station since April 2012. She’s a vastly experienced radio professional having worked at the BBC for more than 25 years starting out as a graduate trainee studio manager at Broadcasting House, London.
Kate loves working in Manchester, one of the most dynamic and vibrant news and sport areas in the country. She’s hugely ambitious for BBC Radio Manchester, and in the last five years has brought in many new presenters, launched an annual charity appeal working with the Christie cancer hospital, which raised nearly £800,000, she’s given the station a Greater Manchester focus and brought back warmth and humour. In the last year the station has received their biggest listening figures in the last decade, and has developed a rich digital offering.
During her career, Kate has worked as a reporter in news and sport at BBC Radio Leicester and BBC Radio Nottingham. She presented the Breakfast Show and sport programmes at Leicester before moving into regional television, as the sports presenter for seven years at East Midlands Today. She’s worked at the Barcelona Olympics and in sport at BBC Breakfast. Kate also spent two years as one of the main news presenters of East Midlands Today.
She spent eight years at England’s first local radio station BBC Radio Leicester where she transformed the station schedules, managed the move into a new building and also raised £680,000 to build a teenage wing at a local children’s hospice.
Kate has also been Head of BBC Local Radio Development taking a strategic view of BBC local radio to develop a stronger relationship with audiences.
Kate grew up in Sale and is the mum of three grown up kids.