BBC Newcastle

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Coordinates: 54°58′40″N 1°37′46″W / 54.97782°N 1.62936°W / 54.97782; -1.62936

BBC Newcastle
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City Newcastle upon Tyne
Broadcast area
Slogan 'BBC Newcastle, Radio for the North East'
Frequency FM: 95.4, 96.0, 103.7 and 104.4 MHz
AM: 1458 kHz
DAB: 11C
RDS: BBC NWCL
First air date 2 January 1971 (1971-01-02)
Format Mainly local news and talk, with a range of music from across the decades.
Language(s) English
Operator BBC North East and Cumbria
Owner BBC
Sister stations
Webcast BBC Sounds
Website www.bbc.co.uk/bbcnewcastle/
The "Pink Palace" - the studio and office complex of BBC Look North and BBC Radio Newcastle

BBC Newcastle (formerly BBC Radio Newcastle) is the BBC Local Radio station for Tyne and Wear and surrounding areas, broadcasting from studios (known locally as the 'Pink Palace') on Barrack Road in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Technical

The Pontop Pike transmitter broadcasts the strongest signal on 95.4 MHz. This transmitter, one of the first in the country, provides Tyneside and parts of Wearside with national radio frequencies, terrestrial television, BBC National DAB and Digital One. The 96 MHz frequency from Chatton covers most of the populated areas of east Northumberland and the transmitter has national radio frequencies and television channels. The other two FM transmitters are much weaker. The Fenham transmitter, for west Newcastle and Gateshead situated close to the studios on Barrack Road, also broadcasts television, national radio, BBC National DAB, Digital One, the MXR North East 12C multiplex, Heart North East on 96.2, Metro Radio on 103 and Capital North East on 105.6. The Newton transmitter also has television channels, national radio, Heart on 96.4, Metro Radio on 103.2, and Capital North East on 105.8. The DAB signal comes mainly from Burnhope (near Consett), and also Fenham (lower power) on the Bauer Digital.

Programming

The majority of the station's programming is produced and broadcast from Newcastle, including the nightly late show shared with BBC Tees. As with all BBC Local Radio stations, it also airs the networked weekday evening show, originating from BBC Radio Leeds and produced independently by Wire Free Productions. During the station's overnight downtime, BBC Radio Newcastle simulcasts BBC Radio 5 Live.

The station's local presenters include Alfie Joey and Anna Foster (weekday breakfast), Lisa Shaw (weekday mornings), Simon Logan (weekday afternoons), Simon Pryde (Total Sport / Saturday lunchtime), Steffen Peddie (weekday nights) and Marian Foster (Garden Mania).

The station's team of sports commentators includes Gary Bennett, Marco Gabbiadini and John Anderson.

Notable former presenters

References

External links

  • media.info - BBC Radio Newcastle
  • History of local radio in Tyneside and Northumberland
  • Chatton transmitter
  • Fenham transmitter
  • Newton transmitter
  • Pontop Pike transmitter (including coverage map)
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