BBC Radio Newcastle

Coordinates: 54°58′54″N 1°38′05″W / 54.9816°N 1.6348°W / 54.9816; -1.6348

BBC Radio Newcastle is the BBC's local radio station serving Newcastle upon Tyne, the neighbouring metropolitan boroughs, Northumberland and north east County Durham. It broadcasts on FM, DAB, digital TV and via BBC Sounds from BBC studios on Barrack Road, Newcastle upon Tyne.

BBC Radio Newcastle
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Broadcast areaTyne and Wear, Northumberland and north-east County Durham
FrequencyFM: 95.4 MHz (Pontop Pike)
FM: 96.0 MHz (Chatton)
FM: 103.7 MHz (Newton)
FM: 104.4 MHz (Fenham)
DAB: 11C
Freeview: 719
FormatLocal news, talk, music and sport
OperatorBBC local radio
First air date
2 January 1971 (1971-01-02)
Former frequencies
AM: 1458 KHz
Technical information
Transmitter coordinates
54°52′09″N 1°46′16″W / 54.8691°N 1.7712°W / 54.8691; -1.7712
WebcastBBC Sounds Edit this at Wikidata
The "Pink Palace" - the Broadcasting Centre of BBC North East and Cumbria, including Radio Newcastle.

According to RAJAR, the station has a weekly audience of 247,000 listeners and a 6.3% share as of September 2021.[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. The other two FM transmitters are much weaker.

The Fenham transmitter, for west Newcastle and Gateshead is situated close to the studios on Barrack Road. It 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 DAB signal comes mainly from Burnhope (near Consett), and also from Fenham (lower power), on the Bauer Digital Radio multiplex.

In addition, BBC Radio Newcastle also broadcasts on Freeview TV channel 719 and streams online via BBC Sounds.


Local programming is produced and broadcast from the BBC Radio Newcastle's studios from 6am - 1am each day.

The station's late show, airing from 10pm - 1am, is simulcast every night on BBC Radio Tees and on BBC Radio Cumbria on Fridays.

During the station's downtime, BBC Radio Newcastle simulcasts overnight programming from BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio London.


Notable current presenters include:

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

BBC Radio SunderlandEdit

In January 2021, BBC Radio Sunderland launched as a temporary sister station. The service provided eight hours of opt-out programming for listeners in Sunderland and the surrounding area each weekday until March 2021.[2]

Notable former presentersEdit


  1. ^ "RAJAR". RAJAR. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  2. ^ "A new temporary BBC radio station for Sunderland launches on Monday 18th January 2021 | Help receiving TV and radio". BBC. Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  3. ^ "Lisa Shaw: BBC Radio Newcastle presenter dies aged 44". BBC News. 23 May 2021. Retrieved 28 May 2021.

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