BBC NewcastleEdit

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Coordinates54.97782°N 1.62936°W

BBC Newcastle
City of license Newcastle upon TyneDurham
Broadcast area NorthumberlandTyne and Wear and northern County Durham including DurhamCity
Slogan Be Part of It,Wearside,Tyneside,Northumberland,County Durham, BBC Newcastle Radio for the North EastNorth East and Proud,
Frequency FM: 95.4, 96, 103.7, 104.4 MHz

MW: 1458 kHz DAB: 11C RDS: BBC NEWC

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, [1])
Owner BBC Local Radio,

BBC North East and Cumbria

Website BBC Newcastle
[2]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]


  [hide*1 Technical


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 andDigital 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 DABDigital 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 fromBurnhope (near Consett), and also Fenham (lower power) on the Bauer Digital.


Local presenters
  • Charlie Charlton (Weekday breakfast)
  • Victoria Cook (Saturday breakfast)
  • Marian Foster (Garden Mania)
  • Ingrid Hagemann (Saturday lunchtime, Sunday breakfast)
  • Jon Harle (Weekday drivetime)
  • Gilly Hope (Weekday early breakfast)
  • Alfie Joey (Weekday breakfast)
  • Anne Leuchars (Weekday drivetime)
  • Simon Logan (Weekday afternoons)
  • Paddy MacDee (Weekday nights)
  • Jonathan Miles (Weekday mornings)
  • Michael Poulter (Sunday evenings)
  • Nick Roberts (Beat SurrenderBBC Introducing...)
  • Kathy Secker (Sunday afternoons)
  • Sue Sweeney (Weekend mornings, More Than Soul, Sunday nights)
Networked presenters
  • Mark Forrest (Weekday evenings)
BBC Newcastle Sport commentators
  • John Anderson (Total Sport, Newcastle United FC)
  • Nick Barnes (Sunderland AFC)
  • Gary Bennett (Sunderland AFC)
  • Martin Emmerson (cricket)
  • Marco Gabbiadini (Total Sport, Sunderland AFC)
  • Mick Lowes (Newcastle United FC)
  • Simon Pryde (Total Sport)
  • Ian Smith (Newcastle Falcons RFC)
  • Kevin Williams (Newcastle Falcons RFC)

Former presenters[edit]Edit

  • Adrian Allen (Former Saturday Early Evening presenter)
  • Alistair Anderson (Former Sunday Evening presenter)
  • Baz Khinda (Former Tuesday Evening presenter)
  • David Nove (Former Sunday Night presenter)
  • Dave Porter (Former Sunday Morning presenter)
  • Julia Hankin (Former Weekday Afternoon presenter)
  • Frank Wappat (30's club and Soul presenter)
  • Simon Hoban (Former Saturday Breakfast presenter)
  • Ian Robinson (Former Mid Morning and Nightshift presenter)
  • Mike Parr (Former Breakfast Show presenter, now on BBC Tees)
  • Paul Wappat (Former Saturday Morning and More than Soul presenter)
  • Gordon Briggs (Former "Afternoon Extra" and "Sunday Requests" presenter)
  • Jamie Wilkinson (Former "Beat Surrender" presenter)
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