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This article is about Australian radio station. For the year, see 4 BC. For boccia classification, see BC4.
City of license Brisbane, Queensland
Broadcast area Brisbane Gold Coast Sunshine Coast Ipswich Tweed Heads
Slogan Talking Brisbane
Frequency 1116 kHz AM (also on DAB+)
First air date 15 August 1930 (1930-08-15)[1]
Format News talk
Language(s) English
Power 17 kW (daytime)
6.3 kW (nighttime)
Transmitter coordinates 27°21′31.5″S 153°5′23″E / 27.358750°S 153.08972°E / -27.358750; 153.08972
Callsign meaning 4 = Queensland
Brisbane Chandlers[2] or
JB Chandler[3] (original licensee)
Owner Macquarie Radio Network
(Radio 4BC Brisbane Pty Ltd)
Sister stations Magic 882
Webcast Windows Media
Website 4bc.com.au

4BC is a radio station in Brisbane, Queensland on 1116kHz AM. 4BC is Brisbane's only commercial talkback station and uses the promotional phrase "News Talk 1116". The station's broadcasting facility is at Cannon Hill, and its tower is alongside the Gateway Motorway in Nudgee.


4BC was one of the first radio stations in Brisbane. It was established in 1930 by John Beals Chandler,[4] an electrical appliance retailer and later Lord Mayor of Brisbane. In March 1937 the station was sold for £50,000 to the Australian Broadcasting Company who took control in April.[5][6][7]

In 2004 the station moved from its CBD location at 30 Macrossan Street to new purpose built premises at Cannon Hill in 2004.[8] Fairfax acquired ownership in 2007.


In December 2013, 4BC management unveiled an almost complete replacement of on-air talent for 2014. Most continued into early 2015.[9] However in April 2015, management announced a number of programs would be immediately axed, and a number of announcing staff made redundant, following the merger of Fairfax Radio Network and Macquarie Radio Network. These included long-time presenter and newsreader Walter Williams, Loretta Ryan, Ian Skippen, and former Seven News reporter Patrick Condren.[10]

Current programming is as follows.[11]

  • Australia Overnight with Luke Bona - 12.00am-5.00am weekdays (Networked from 2UE Sydney)
  • Alan Jones Breakfast Show - 5.30am-9:00am weekdays (Networked from 2GB Sydney)
  • Ray Hadley Morning Show - 9.00am-12.00pm weekdays (Networked from 2GB Sydney)
  • Afternoons with Clare Blake - 12.00pm-3.00pm weekdays
  • Drive with Ben Davis - 3.00pm-6.00pm weekdays
  • Money News with Ross Greenwood - 6:00pm-8:00pm weekdays (Networked from 2GB Sydney)
  • Nights with Mike Jeffery - 8.00pm-12.00am weekdays (Networked from 2UE Sydney)
  • Australia Overnight with Alan Pearsall - 12.00am-5.00am Saturday and Sundays (Networked from 3AW Melbourne)
  • Weekend Breakfast - 5.00am-9.00am Saturday and Sundays
  • Weekend Mornings - 9.00am-12.00pm Saturday and Sundays
  • The Continuous Call Team - 12.00pm-10.00pm Saturdays, 12.00pm-6.00pm Sundays (Networked from 2GB Sydney, NRL season only)
  • Caravan, Camping and 4WD Show - 10.00pm-12.00am Saturdays (Networked from 2GB Sydney)
  • Healthy Living with Dr. Ross Walker - 6.00pm-8.00pm Sundays (Networked from 2UE Sydney)
  • Psychic Encounters with Sharina - 8.00pm-12.00am Sundays (Networked from 2UE Sydney)


  • Anthony Franji (General Manager)
  • Majella Marsden (Content Director)

See also[edit]

Former Presenters[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.acma.gov.au/webwr/_assets/main/lib100052/lic022_commercial_radio_broadcasting_licences.pdf
  2. ^ Fairfax Media. The Early Years at 4BC. Accessed 8 November 2007.
  3. ^ Chandlers Company Profile. Accessed 8 November 2007.
  4. ^ "4BC. New Wireless Station. Auspicious Opening.". The Brisbane Courier. 18 August 1930. p. 12. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "Station 4BC Sold". The Courier-Mail. 13 March 1937. p. 19. Retrieved 18 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "New Company Takes Over 4BC". The Courier-Mail. 13 April 1937. p. 23. Retrieved 18 November 2010. 
  7. ^ "£50,000 Paid for Station 4BC". The Courier-Mail. 9 October 1937. p. 14. Retrieved 18 November 2010. 
  8. ^ Hele, Michelle (6 August 2004). "Radio stations 4BC and 4BH all set for big move to Cannon Hill". The Courier-Mail (1 - First with the news ed.). p. 39. ISSN 1322-5235. 
  9. ^ "4BC Line-up for 2014". 4BC. Fairfax Media. 4 December 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "Media Statement from 4BC". 4BC. Fairfax Media. 10 April 2015. Retrieved 10 April 2015. 
  11. ^ Cooper, Nathanael (14 April 2015). "Plug pulled on 4BC Brisbane boss". The Courier-Mail (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  12. ^ Courier-Mail 4BC Saviour Jamie Dunn Takes a Dive in Radio Ratings, 5 March 2009 11:00PM, (accessed 7 November 2010)
  13. ^ Sunshine Coast Daily I didn't quit: Jamie Dunn, 29 October 2010, (accessed 7 November 2010)
  14. ^ 4BC Profile: Ian Calder, (accessed 7 November 2010)
  15. ^ Courier-Mail 4BC Saviour Jamie Dunn Takes a Dive in Radio Ratings, 5 March 2009 11:00PM, (accessed 7 November 2010)
  16. ^ Sunshine Coast Daily I didn't quit: Jamie Dunn, 29 October 2010, (accessed 7 November 2010)

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