BBC Radio Devon
Freeview channel 720 (Devon only)
|Format||Local news, talk and music|
|Owner||BBC Local Radio,|
BBC South West
First air date
|17 January 1983|
|Website||BBC Radio Devon|
BBC Radio Devon started broadcasting on 17 January 1983, replacing the BBC Radio 4 regional breakfast show Morning Sou'West. On the same day, BBC Radio Cornwall started broadcasting, as did BBC Breakfast television.
When broadcasting started, the new studios in Exeter had not yet been finished, so BBC Radio Devon was broadcast from portable cabins for the first few weeks. The Exeter studios were officially opened by Alastair Milne, then BBC Director General, on 30 September 1983.
BBC Radio Devon has reporters based in Exeter, Plymouth, Paignton and Barnstaple, allowing it to cover news stories throughout Devon. The Plymouth newsroom is shared with the BBC's regional TV news programme Spotlight and also provides online news services. The station has won several Sony Awards for its programming.
Radio Devon is broadcast on the following frequencies from BBC Broadcasting House in Plymouth and Pynes Hill in Exeter (transmitter location in brackets):
The station's other AM transmissions, 801 kHz in North Devon (Barnstaple) and 990 kHz in Exeter, were slated to cease in May/June 2021; however, this was postponed and the transmissions remained on air until after the 1100 BST news on 3 August 2021.
Radio Devon previously broadcast on 855 AM in Plymouth; these transmissions ceased in 2007 and the frequency was used for a trial of Digital Radio Mondiale services, though these trials ultimately did not lead to DRM going into permanent service in the UK.
Local programming is produced and broadcast from the BBC's Plymouth studios from 6am - 1am on Sundays - Fridays and from 6am - 2am on Saturdays.
Notable current presenters include:
- Toby Buckland (Sunday daytime)
- "RAJAR". RAJAR. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
- "BBC Radio Devon celebrates 25 years". BBC News. 29 September 2005. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
- "BBC confirms local radio medium wave closures". Radio Today. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
- RadioToday, April 2021
- BBC Reception
- Frequencyfinder.org.uk, June 2021
- "The 'AM death watch' thread..." Digital Spy Forums. Retrieved 14 August 2021.
- "DRM arrives in Devon", DRM.org, 2007-04-10
- BBC Research and Development