The first Tyne Tees programme was broadcast on 15th January 1959. Tyne Tees made hit shows like The Tube and Supergran at the studios in City Road in Newcastle.
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The 60-year-old takes charge of the Black Cats with immediate effect.
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The operation took around three hours to complete, with the remains being disposed of by a specialist animal by-product company.