BBC Radio Cornwall
|City of license||Truro|
|Frequency||95.2 FM, 96.0 FM, 103.9 FM, DAB|
|First air date||17 January 1983|
|Format||Local news, talk and music|
|Audience share||16.1% (December 2012, )|
|Owner||BBC Local Radio,
BBC South West
|Website||BBC Radio Cornwall|
BBC Radio Cornwall is the BBC Local Radio service for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in the United Kingdom. It broadcasts from its studios on Phoenix Wharf in Truro on 95.2 in the east, 96.0 on the Isles of Scilly and 103.9 in the west MHz FM, as well as on DAB.
Prior to its launch on 17 January 1983, BBC regional radio broadcasting for Cornwall amounted to the breakfast show 'Morning Sou'West' on the AM frequencies of Radio 4 in Devon and Cornwall. Initially, Radio Cornwall shared an afternoon programme with BBC Radio Devon, but now sustains a full daytime service. The station also broadcasts a short weekly news bulletin in the Cornish language.
Radio Cornwall links up with all other BBC local stations in England for a networked evening service, broadcast from Leeds between 7pm and 10pm, and a networked late show from Plymouth between 10pm and 1am.
Radio Cornwall is one of two radio stations to have broadcast programmes in the Cornish language. Currently a five minute news show, An Nowodhow, is broadcast every Sunday. When Radio Cornwall was first set up Cornish language content was limited to around 2 minutes per week. In 1987 a new weekly 15 minute long bilingual show, Kroeder Kroghan, detailing Celtic cultural events taking place in Cornwall, was introduced.
BBC Radio Cornwall has been criticised for its lack of Cornish accents amongst its presenters. This is in contrast to the rest of the UK where local accents are featured prominently in local radio.
Radio Cornwall has also been criticised for seeming to overuse the word "county" to describe Cornwall. Some people take the view that Cornwall is not a County of England and that the BBC should refer to Cornwall as a Duchy instead. It is claimed that many do not listen to Radio Cornwall because they find it offensive.
- Diarmuid O'Néill, Rebuilding the Celtic Languages: reversing language shift in the Celtic countries, 2005
- John T. Koch, Celtic Culture: a historical encyclopedia, 2006
- Martin John Ball, James Fife, The Celtic Languages, 1993
- 'No Cornish history in our schools or accents on radio', West Briton, Thursday, 20 January 2011
- Many viewers and listeners regard the C-word as offensive, Western Morning News, Friday, 30 March 2012