BBC Radio Bristol

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BBC Radio Bristol
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City of license 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)
AM 1548 kHz (Mangotsfield)
Freeview channel 719
First air date September 1970
Format Local news, talk and music
Language(s) English
Audience share 6.8% (December 2012, [1])
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), on AM 1548 kHz (Mangotsfield) and on DAB.

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 competitors in the Bristol area are Heart Bristol on 96.3 MHz, 106 Jack FM (Bristol) and The Breeze on 107.2 MHz. In Bath, Radio Bristol faces competition from Heart Bath on 103 MHz and The Breeze on 107.9 MHz. In Weston-super-Mare (which is editorially covered by both Radio Bristol and BBC Somerset), competition comes from The Breeze North Somerset.


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.

Notable presenters[edit]

Local presenters
Networked presenters

Past presenters[edit]

Kate Adie produced and presented programmes for BBC Radio Bristol in the 1970s alongside Michael Buerk.[1] Theirs were the first two voices to be heard on the station. Chris Morris was also part of the team, presenting and producing the cult weekend show No Known Cure. Other past presenters include Roger Bennett, who anchored the flagship breakfast programme Morning West for 30 years, veteran phone-in host John Turner, and Susan Osman who also co-presented Points West for 14 years.


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.[3][4]


  1. ^ a b "Radio Bristol - station history". BBC. Retrieved 14 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "BBC launches Radio Bristol on Freeview". a516digital. 10 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Coles, John (11 November 2008). "BBC girl: Don’t send me an Asian cabbie". London: The Sun. Retrieved 1 April 2009. 
  4. ^ "'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