BBC Radio Bristol

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BBC Radio Bristol
BBC Radio Bristol.png
City Bath and Bristol
Broadcast area Bath and Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and North East Somerset
Frequency FM 94.9 MHz (Dundry), 103.6 MHz (Hutton), 104.6 MHz (Bath)
DAB
Freeview channel 719
First air date September 1970
Format Local news, talk and music
Language(s) English
Owner BBC Local Radio,
BBC West
Website BBC Radio Bristol

BBC Radio Bristol is the BBC Local Radio service for the English cities of Bath and Bristol and the surrounding area, which includes South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and North East Somerset. Launched in September 1970,[1] it broadcasts from Broadcasting House in Bristol on FM frequencies 94.9 MHz (Dundry), 104.6 MHz (Bath), 103.6 MHz (Weston-super-Mare), and on DAB. The AM transmitter at Mangotsfield on 1548 kHz was closed in February 2016.

The Mendip transmitter, near Wells, used to broadcast BBC Radio Bristol on 95.5 MHz over a very large area, but from 3 December 2007, this was transferred to the new BBC Somerset service. BBC Somerset and BBC Radio Bristol share many programmes, mainly during off-peak hours. Since the BBC relaunched BBC Somerset on FM, BBC Radio Bristol has been left free to concentrate editorially on Bristol, Bath and the rest of the former Avon area. On 11 December 2014, BBC Radio Bristol launched on Freeview channel 719, on the PSB 1 multiplex from the Mendip transmitter and its TV relays.[2]

Radio Bristol's main commercial competitors in its broadcast area are Heart West Country on 96.3 and 103 FM, Sam FM and The Breeze on 107.2 and 107.9 MHz.

Programming[edit]

The majority of the station's programming is produced and broadcast from Bristol, including some regional programming for the BBC West and BBC South West regions. As with all BBC Local Radio stations, it also airs the networked weekday evening shows, originating from BBC Radio Leeds and produced independently by Wire Free Productions. During the station's downtime, BBC Radio Bristol simulcasts BBC Radio 5 Live overnight. It also airs 24-hour local programming from 5am on Friday until 1am on Monday.

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Current schedule[edit]

Monday-Friday

0500-0630: Joe Lemer (Regional)[4]

0630-0900: Emma Britton[5]

0930-1200: John Darvall[6]

1200-1400: Steve Yabsley (Shared with BBC Somerset)[7]

1400-1600: Claire Cavanagh (Shared with BBC Somerset) [8]

1600-1800: Laura Rawlings [9]

1800-1900: Geoff Twentyman [10]

1900-2200: Georgey Spanswick (Networked) [11]

2200-0100: Dan Chisholm (Regional) [12]

0100-0500: As BBC Radio 5 Live

Saturday

0100-0300: Thadeous Matthews (Shared with BBC Somerset) [13]

0300-0400: Ujima Radio (Shared with BBC Somerset) [14]

0400-0500: BCFM (Shared with BBC Somerset) [15]

0500-0600: The Martin Evans Show (Shared with BBC Somerset) [16]

0600-0900: Saturday Breakfast with Ali Vowles [17]

0900-1200: Dr Phil Hammond [18]

1200-1300: Livvy and Chrissie [19]

1300-1700: Saturday Sport [20]

1700-1805: Twentyman Talks Back [21]

1805-2000: Geoff Barker's Rock 'n' Roll Party (Networked) [22]

2000-2200: BBC Introducing in the West (Regional) [23]

2200-0100: Rick Edwards (Networked) [24]

Sunday

0100-0300: BBC Introducing in the West (Regional) [25]

0300-0400: Ujima Radio (Shared with BBC Somerset) [26]

0400-0500: Somer Valley FM (Shared with BBC Somerset) [27]

0500-0600: The Martin Evans Show (Shared with BBC Somerset) [28]

0600-1000: Lucy Tegg (Shared with BBC Somerset) [29]

1000-1300: Clueless with Richard Lewis (Shared with BBC Somerset) [30]

1300-1500: Richard Green's Vintage Chart Show (Networked) [31]

1500-1700: Graham Pass (Networked) [32]

1700-1800: Community Radio Show (Regional) [33]

1800-2000: Manny Masih (Regional) [34]

2000-2200: Kevin Philemon and Primrose Granville (Regional) [35]

2200-0000: Graham Pass (Networked) [36])

0000-0100: Sounds Of Brass (Networked) [37]

Notable past presenters[edit]

Kate Adie and Michael Buerk produced and presented programmes for BBC Radio Bristol in the 1970s - Buerk was also the very first voice to be heard on the station.[1]

Another notable presenter during the early 1970s was Kenny Everett, who pre-recorded his shows from his farmhouse in Sussex.[38]

The comedian Chris Morris worked for the station in the late 1980s, presenting and producing his own weekend show, No Known Cure. He was fired from the station after "talking over the news bulletins and making silly noises".[13]

One of the station's longest serving presenters was veteran local journalist Roger Bennett, who joined at launch as a reporter, before going onto present its flagship breakfast programme, Morning West, from 1974 to 2003. He continued to freelance at Radio Bristol until his death in July 2005.[39]

Other past presenters include Susan Osman who also co-presented Points West for 14 years, and John Turner, who spent almost 30 years on the station between 1978 and 2007[40].

The presenter of BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour Jenni Murray started her BBC career with Radio Bristol, as did the Good Morning Britain presenter Susanna Reid.

Controversy[edit]

In November 2008, BBC Radio Bristol presenter Sam Mason was dismissed following an incident in which she made alleged racist remarks made in an off-air phone conversation during a weekday afternoon show. Whilst phoning a taxi firm in order to send her 14-year-old daughter from Mason's Clifton home to her grandparents' home, she was said to have asked the company not to send an Asian driver.[41][42]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Radio Bristol - station history". BBC. Retrieved 14 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "BBC launches Radio Bristol on Freeview". a516digital. 10 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Wikipedia
  4. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p016qp56
  5. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p001vr2z
  6. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p001d77l
  7. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p001d7bs
  8. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05j3r01
  9. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00268gj
  10. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03f5kk0
  11. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02ll9nt
  12. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00d074k
  13. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02h0z5r
  14. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00km49g
  15. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p001d7fb
  16. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00ky976
  17. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p007wbk3
  18. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p001d79q
  19. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00cdszn
  20. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00bdc3t
  21. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05jkvfh
  22. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p001d7zl
  23. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p012bzts
  24. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01w0zvj
  25. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p012bzts
  26. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00km49g
  27. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02nvl8c
  28. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00ky976
  29. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p011xnz1
  30. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p011w3cv
  31. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00dx9xc
  32. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p012crss
  33. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p012crst
  34. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p001z6bm
  35. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01jw16r
  36. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p012crss
  37. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p001d7s2
  38. ^ Guide, British Comedy. "Kenny Everett: The BBC Local Radio Years press clippings - British Comedy Guide". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
  39. ^ BBC mourns death of presenter Roger Bennett, bbc.co.uk, 13 July 2005
  40. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2007/07_july/10/turner.shtml
  41. ^ Coles, John (11 November 2008). "BBC girl: Don’t send me an Asian cabbie". London: The Sun. Retrieved 1 April 2009. 
  42. ^ "'Racism' row BBC host is replaced". BBC News. 11 November 2008. Retrieved 16 February 2009. 

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Coordinates: 51°27′40″N 2°36′29″W / 51.4611°N 2.6080°W / 51.4611; -2.6080