BBC Radio Merseyside

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First studio was in Sir Thomas Street and the frequency was 95.85

BBC Radio Merseyside
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City Liverpool
Broadcast area Merseyside, western Lancashire and north western Cheshire
Frequency 95.8 MHz, 1485 kHz, DAB
First air date 22 November 1967
Format Local news, sport, talk and music
Language(s) English
Owner BBC Local Radio,
BBC North West
Website BBC Radio Merseyside

BBC Radio Merseyside is the BBC Local Radio service for Merseyside, England. It was the third BBC local radio station, launching on 22 November 1967, initially serving south west Lancashire. According to RAJAR the station has a listenership figure of 339,000 which represents a reach audience of 20%.[1]


BBC Radio Merseyside studios on Hanover Street, Liverpool.

BBC Radio Merseyside broadcasts from its studios in Hanover St, Liverpool on 95.8 MHz (Allerton Park), 1485 kHz (Wallasey) and DAB.

The Allerton Park transmitter also transmits Radio City on 96.7 MHz. Both have the same coverage. DAB signals come from the EMAP Digital EMAP Liverpool 11B multiplex] from Billinge Hill (between St Helens and Wigan), Hope Mountain (between Buckley and Wrexham) and Radio City Tower (on top of Radio City's studios).

In late 1981 BBC Radio Merseyside moved from the council-owned offices in Commerce House, Liverpool to a new purpose built studios on Paradise Street, Liverpool. Broadcasts began from the new studios on 7 December 1981, 14 years after the station's inception. On 15 July 2006, BBC Radio Merseyside moved from its former home to a new purpose-built studio building on the corner of Hanover Street and College Lane in Liverpool. This building has three ground-floor studios next to a public performance space. An open learning centre is on the first floor and the main office is on the second floor. It's the third building Radio Merseyside has occupied since it was launched in 1967 from studios on the sixth floor of a council-owned building, Commerce House, in Sir Thomas Street.

In October 2006, the studio building was nominated and made the Building Design shortlist for the inaugural Carbuncle Cup, which was ultimately awarded to Drake Circus Shopping Centre in Plymouth.[2]


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

The station's local presenters include Tony Snell (weekday breakfast), Sean Styles (weekday mornings), Roger Phillips (weekday lunchtime), Jenny Lee Summers (Monday / Tuesday afternoons), Billy Butler (Wednesday - Friday afternoons), Paul Salt (weekday drivetime) and Linda McDermott (weekday nights).

Notable past presenters


During a breakfast show on 25 June 2007, presenter Simon O'Brien accidentally broadcast an unedited interview in which he said, "fuck the government, fuck the planners". O'Brien resigned from the station later in the day. He later went on to present a short-lived Saturday breakfast show on talk radio station City Talk 105.9 in Liverpool. City Talk later used the now infamous phrase that led to his resignation as part of their launch marketing for the station.


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  2. ^ "Bottom of the barrel - Carbuncles 2006". Retrieved 2014-09-11.

External links

  • BBC Radio Merseyside
  • North West Radio
  • History of local radio in Merseyside
  • MDS975's Transmitter map.
  • Allerton transmitter 95.8 MHz
  • Hope Mountain (Digital)
  • Wallasey transmitter 1485 KHz Mediumwave

Coordinates: 53°23′57″N 2°59′32″W / 53.399097°N 2.992277°W / 53.399097; -2.992277

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