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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 (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.

BBC Newcastle
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CityNewcastle upon Tyne
Broadcast area
Slogan'BBC Newcastle, Radio for the North East'
FrequencyFM: 95.4, 96.0, 103.7 and 104.4 MHz
AM: 1458 kHz
DAB: 11C
First air date2 January 1971 (1971-01-02)
FormatMainly local news and talk, with a range of music from across the decades.
OperatorBBC North East and Cumbria
Sister stations
WebcastBBC Sounds
The "Pink Palace" - the studio and office complex of BBC Look North and BBC Radio Newcastle

According to RAJAR, the station has a weekly audience of 198,000 listeners and a 5% share as of December 2018.[1]



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.


Most of BBC Newcastle's programming is produced and broadcast from its Newcastle studios, including off-peak regional programming shared with BBC Tees. During the station's overnight downtime, BBC Radio Newcastle simulcasts BBC Radio 5 Live.

Notable presenters includes Alfie Joey.

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

Notable former presentersEdit


  1. ^ "RAJAR". RAJAR. Retrieved 27 September 2015.

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