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BBC Newcastle

BBC Newcastle
City of license Newcastle upon Tyne and Durham
Broadcast area Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and northern County Durham including Durham City
Slogan Be Part of It, Wearside,Tyneside,Northumberland,County Durham, BBC Newcastle Radio for the North East, North East and Proud,
Frequency FM: 95.4, 96, 103.7, 104.4 MHz
MW: 1458 kHz
DAB: 11C
First air date 2 January 1971
Format Mainly local news and talk, with a range of music from across the decades.
Language(s) English
Audience share 10.70% (December 2012, [2])
Owner BBC Local Radio,
BBC North East and Cumbria
Website BBC Newcastle
The "Pink Palace" - the studio and office complex of BBC Look North and BBC Radio Newcastle

BBC Newcastle (formally BBC Radio Newcastle) is the BBC Local Radio service English metropolitan county of Tyne and Wear, broadcasting from studios (known locally as the 'Pink Palace') on Barrack Road in Newcastle upon Tyne.[1]


  • Technical 1
  • Programming 2
  • Notable presenters 3
    • Current presenters 3.1
    • Former presenters 3.2
  • References 4
  • External links 5


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, 100-102 Real Radio on 96.2, Metro Radio on 103 and Capital North East on 105.6. The Newton transmitter also has television channels, national radio, 100-102 Real Radio 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.


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.

Notable presenters

Current presenters

Local presenters
Networked presenters
BBC Newcastle Sport commentators

Former presenters


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External links

  • BBC Newcastle
  • BBC Newcastle
  • BBC Radio Newcastle
  • - 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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