BBC Radio Guernsey

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BBC Radio Guernsey
BBC Radio Guernsey logo 2020.svg
CityGuernsey
Broadcast areaBailiwick of Guernsey
Frequency93.2 FM, 1116 AM and 99 FM in Alderney. Freeview channel 721 (Channel Islands only) DAB+: 12A
Programming
Language(s)English
FormatLocal news, talk and music
Ownership
OwnerBBC Local Radio,
BBC South West
History
First air date
16 March 1982
Links
WebsiteBBC Radio Guernsey

BBC Radio Guernsey is the BBC's local radio station serving the Bailiwick of Guernsey.

It broadcasts on FM, AM, DAB, digital TV and via BBC Sounds from studios on Bulwer Avenue in St Sampson.

According to RAJAR, the station has a weekly audience of 17,000 listeners and a 16% share as of September 2021.[1]

Overview[edit]

BBC Radio Guernsey has grown from a small part-time radio operation in the early 1980s into a full tri-media broadcaster, providing locally produced radio, online and TV services. Each week, the station broadcasts 44 hours of local programming ranging from news and current affairs to music and conversation.

Like other BBC enterprises in Guernsey, funding comes primarily from television licence fees collected in Guernsey itself.[2]

In recent years, local output has been reduced to eight hours on weekdays and four hours on Saturdays, coinciding with an increase in regional programming shared with sister station BBC Radio Jersey.

In addition to its FM and AM frequencies, the station also broadcasts on Freeview TV channel 721 and streams online via BBC Sounds and BBC Radio Guernsey Online. Transmissions on digital radio began on 1 August 2021 with the launch of the Channel Islands DAB multiplex, on which BBC Radio Jersey also broadcasts, alongside BBC Radio Guernsey Xtra, a part-time stream carrying the station's AM opt-out content (chiefly parliamentary coverage), and a similar opt-out for Radio Jersey. The stations are the first BBC stations to use the DAB+ standard - at the time of launch, all stations on the BBC National DAB multiplex, and all other BBC Local Radio stations on the UK mainland, used the earlier DAB format.

Programming[edit]

Publicity sticker: Learn Dgèrnésiais with the BBC - Guernsey BBC - Your voice in the Islands

Local programming is produced and broadcast from the BBC's St Sampson's studios from 6am - 2pm on weekdays and from 6-10am on Saturdays.

Regional programming for the Channel Islands, shared with BBC Radio Jersey, airs from 2-10pm on weekdays, from 10am - 6pm and 8-10pm on Saturdays and from 6am - 6pm on Sundays.

Off-peak programming originates from BBC Radio Devon in Plymouth, BBC Radio Cornwall in Truro and BBC Radio Solent in Southampton.

During the station's downtime, BBC Radio Guernsey simulcasts overnight programming from BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio London.

Notable presenters include Lizzie Roper (weekday mid-mornings)

See also[edit]

References and external links[edit]

  1. ^ "RAJAR". RAJAR. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  2. ^ "TV licences". Guernsey Post. Archived from the original on 12 May 2008. Retrieved 2 July 2009.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 49°28′44″N 2°31′03″W / 49.4789°N 2.5175°W / 49.4789; -2.5175