ABC Radio Canberra

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ABC Radio Canberra
CityCanberra, Australian Capital Territory
Broadcast areaCanberra
Branding666 ABC Canberra
Frequency666 kHz AM
First air date21 January 1953
Power5,000 watts
Transmitter coordinates35°13′1″S 149°7′14″E / 35.21694°S 149.12056°E / -35.21694; 149.12056
Former frequencies1540 kHz (1953-1974)
1440 kHz (1974-1983)
AffiliationsABC Local Radio
OwnerAustralian Broadcasting Corporation
Sister stations2RN, 2ABCFM, 2JJJ
WebsiteOfficial website
ABC Canberra studios
2CN banner displayed at floriade for an outside broadcast in 2013

ABC Radio Canberra (call sign: 2CN) is an ABC Local Radio station based in Canberra and broadcasting to the Australian Capital Territory as well as surrounding areas in New South Wales – this includes the cities and towns of Queanbeyan, Yass, and Bungendore.

The station began as 2CN in 1953[1] originally broadcasting on 1540 kHz and from 21 December 1974 at 1440 kHz. On 6 December 1983, it changed to its current AM frequency of 666 kHz. The station first broadcast from studios based at the transmitter site at Gungahlin. In 1957, the station was relocated to the centre of Canberra, before finally moving to purpose-built studios in Dickson in 1964.

ABC Radio announced digital radio services in Canberra, the simulcast of 666 ABC Canberra, ABC Radio National, ABC Classic FM, ABC News Radio and triple j launched in 2011.[clarification needed]

When local programs are not being broadcast the station is a relay of ABC Radio Sydney.

Current presenters[edit]

  • Laura Tchilinguirian (Breakfast)
  • Genevieve Jacobs (Mornings)
  • Richard Fidler (Conversations)
  • Alex Sloan (Afternoons)
  • Adam Shirley (Drive)
  • Christine Anu (Evenings)


Canberra Radio Ratings - Survey 1, 2011: Station Share (All 10+) [2]
(Previous in Brackets)
104.7 18.8 (18.0)
666 ABC 15.9 (17.3)
Mix 106.3 15.8 (15.5)
Triple J 10.9 (9.0)
ABC Classic FM 8.4 (9.2)
2CC 7.4 (5.8)
ABC Radio National 6.9 (8.0)
2CA 5.6 (5.7)
ABC NewsRadio 4.6 (4.2)


  1. ^ "none". Canberra Times. 22 January 1953. p. 4.
  2. ^ Nielsen Media Research Survey 1, 2011

"The 666 ABC Canberra story". ABC Online. 2008-03-03. Archived from the original on 19 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-29.

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