BBC Radio Cornwall

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BBC Radio Cornwall
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City Truro
Broadcast area Cornwall
Frequency 95.2 FM, 96.0 FM, 103.9 FM, DAB, also 630kHz and 657kHz MW/AM
First air date 17 January 1983
Format Local news, talk and music
Language(s) English
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. As well as broadcasting on FM, BBC Radio Cornwall may also be streamed via internet at BBC Radio Cornwall Online.

Cornish language[edit]

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.[1][2]

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.[3]


The majority of the station's programming is produced and broadcast from Truro. During off-peak hours, BBC Radio Cornwall also carries regional programming for the South West and West regions, produced from sister stations BBC Radio Devon and BBC Radio Bristol. 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 Cornwall simulcasts BBC Radio 5 Live overnight.

The station's local presenters include Julie Skentelbery and Pam Spriggs (weekday breakfast), David White (weekday mornings), Laurence Reed (weekday lunchtime), Debbie McCrory (weekday afternoons) and Martin Bailie (weekday drive time).

Notable past presenters[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Diarmuid O'Néill, Rebuilding the Celtic Languages: reversing language shift in the Celtic countries, 2005
  2. ^ John T. Koch, Celtic Culture: a historical encyclopedia, 2006
  3. ^ Martin John Ball, James Fife, The Celtic Languages, 1993

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