TFM (radio)

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TFM logo 2015.png
City of license Newcastle
Broadcast area County Durham
Tees Valley
North Yorkshire
Branding Your Music, Your Life
Frequency FM: 96.6 MHz
DAB: 11B
First air date 24 June 1975
Format CHR
Audience share 7.9% (June 2014, RAJAR)
Owner Bauer Radio
Sister stations TFM 2
Webcast Radioplayer

TFM is a local radio station owned and operated by Bauer Radio as part of the City 1 network. It broadcasts to County Durham, Tees Valley and North Yorkshire from studios in Newcastle.

The station currently broadcasts on 96.6 FM, DAB and online with DAB services provided by Bauer Digital.

On 8 April 2013, the station merged with Metro Radio in Newcastle.[1]


TFM logo used from 2013 to 2015.

From the start of broadcasting in 1975, TFM (then known as Radio Tees) was owned by Sound Broadcasting (Teesside) Ltd and originally broadcast on 257 Medium Wave only, with a later launch on 95 VHF. After a government radio frequency re shuffle in the mid-1980s, the FM frequency was swapped with BBC Radio Cleveland and Radio Tees shifted to 96.6 FM in 1986. In 1988 Radio Tees was relaunched as TFM 96.6 after being taken over by Newcastle upon Tyne based Metro Radio Group. Shortly after this, a new Medium Wave station called Great North Radio (GNR) was launched after broadcasting rules meant TFM could not broadcast on both FM and Medium Wave.

In the late 1990s, TFM was taken over by EMAP along with the rest of the Metro Radio Group stations and integrated into EMAP's Big City Group. Shortly after this the station was re branded 96.6 TFM. In July 2007, TFM was rebranded TFM Radio and re adopted the slogan Today's Favourite Music which had first been used in the late 1990s.

In 2008 EMAP, a publicly listed plc was then bought by Bauer Media, a privately owned German based family business, the radio group was renamed Bauer Place. On 8 April 2013 the station reverted to TFM with the same slogan as Metro Radio Non-Stop Hits and More Music Variety. The RDS name was again changed to "TFM" the end of July 2013.

Merger with Metro Radio[edit]

As of Monday 8 April 2013, programming is shared with sister station Metro Radio in Newcastle. However, the TFM branding is retained along with separate news bulletins and advertising. Two journalists are based locally for newsgathering.[1] The two stations were able to merge without consultation as the TFM licence area is located in one approved broadcast area (North East England).[2]

The TFM studios in Thornaby were closed and remaining staff were moved to Newcastle. Most on-air staff were made redundant,[3] including breakfast presenters Wayne Tunnicliffe and Amy McConnell, who were replaced by Metro Radio counterparts Steve Furnell and Karen Wight.[4] Despite the merger, RAJAR reported an increase in weekly listener reach for TFM during the second quarter of 2013.[5]


The majority of programming is produced and presented from Metro in Newcastle. At other times off peak programming originates from Forth 1 in Edinburgh and Key 103 in Castlefield.

News team[edit]

TFM broadcasts local news bulletins on the hour between 0600 and 1800 weekdays, 0700 to 1200 on Saturday and 0800 to 1200 on Sunday. National news bulletins are outsourced from Sky News Radio (IRN) and are simulcast each hour between 0200 to 0500 everyday.


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Coordinates: 54°33′32″N 1°18′19″W / 54.55889°N 1.30528°W / 54.55889; -1.30528