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Saturday, 6th January 2018
BBC local stations find home on FM and DAB digital radio with AM/MW closures

Listeners to BBC Surrey, BBC Sussex, BBC Radio Humberside, Radio Kent, Radio Lincolnshire, Radio Nottingham, BBC Radio Wiltshire, BBC Radio Devon, Radio Lancashire and BBC Essex are being encouraged to retune to different frequencies to continue to hear their local BBC station.

Mediumwave frequencies (also referred to as AM frequencies) are being discontinued in many areas, as a cost-saving exercise by the BBC, with broadcasts available on FM and DAB digital radio as an alternative. The MW/AM radio transmitters are being powered down as good FM or digital radio coverage is also available in the broadcast areas. The switch-offs followed a recent trial by the BBC to determine the effect of closing a handful of transmitters on mediumwave.

Taken together, the audience feedback and the coverage data have informed the BBC which medium wave transmitters are unlikely to be value for money in the longer term.

Which frequencies are affected?

    spkBBC (Radio) Sussex - 1161 and 1485 kHz Mediumwave frequencies closed on 3rd January 2018
    • to continue to listen to BBC Sussex, choose from the following FM frequencies:
      • 104.5 FM : Bexhill, Burgess Hill, Crowborough, East Sussex, Eastbourne, Hastings, Haywards Heath, Lewes and Uckfield

      • 104.8 FM : Arundel, Bognor Regis, Chichester, Littlehampton and West Sussex

      • 95.0 FM : Newhaven and Seaford

      • 95.1 FM : Horsham

      • 95.3 FM : Brighton, Hove, Shoreham, Southwick and Worthing

    • there are no alternative Mediumwave frequencies to tune to for BBC Sussex

    spkBBC (Radio) Surrey - 1368 kHz Mediumwave frequencies closed on 3rd January 2018
    • to continue to listen to BBC Surrey, choose from the following FM frequencies:
      • 104.0 FM : Crawley, Dorking, East Grinstead and Reigate

      • 104.6 FM : Godalming, Guildford and Woking

    • there are no alternative Mediumwave frequencies to tune to for BBC Surrey

    spkBBC Radio Humberside - 1485 kHz Mediumwave frequencies close on 8th January 2018
    • to continue to listen to BBC Radio Humberside, choose from the following FM frequencies:
      • 95.9 FM : Crawley, Dorking, East Grinstead and Reigate

    • there are no alternative Mediumwave frequencies to tune to for BBC Radio Humberside

    spkBBC Radio Kent - 774 and 1602 kHz Mediumwave frequencies close on 11th January 2018
    • to continue to listen to BBC Radio Kent, choose from the following FM frequencies:
      • 104.2 FM : Broadstairs, Canterbury, Deal, Dover, Margate, Ramsgate and Sandwich

      • 97.6 FM : Folkestone

      • 96.7 FM : Chatham, Dartford, Faversham, Gillingham, Gravesend, Herne Bay, Isle of Sheppey, Maidstone, Rochester, Sevenoaks, Sittingbourne, Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells and Whitstable

    • there are no alternative Mediumwave frequencies to tune to for BBC Radio Kent

    spkBBC Radio Lincolnshire - 1368 kHz Mediumwave frequency closed on 4th January 2018
    • to continue to listen to BBC Radio Lincolnshire, choose from the following FM frequencies:
      • 94.9 FM : Lincolnshire

      • 104.7 FM : Grantham

    • there are no alternative Mediumwave frequencies to tune to for BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    spkBBC Radio Nottingham - 1584 kHz Mediumwave frequency closes on 11th January 2018
    • to continue to listen to BBC Radio Nottingham, choose from the following FM frequencies:
      • 95.1 FM : Newark

      • 95.5 FM : Mansfield

      • 103.8 FM : Nottingham and Hucknall

    • there are no alternative Mediumwave frequencies to tune to for BBC Radio Nottingham

    spkBBC (Radio) Wiltshire - 1332 and 1368 kHz Mediumwave frequencies close on 10th January 2018
    • to continue to listen to BBC Wiltshire, choose from the following FM frequencies:
      • 103.5 FM : Amesbury, Coombe Bisset, Idmiston, Salisbury, Stapleford

      • 103.6 FM : Chiseldon and Swindon

      • 104.3 FM : Bishops Cannings, Box, Bradford-on-Avon, Brinkworth, Cherhill, Chippenham, Devizes, Edington, Malmesbury, Melksham, Trowbridge, Westbury and Wootton Basset

      • 104.9 FM : Marlborough

    • there are no alternative Mediumwave frequencies to tune to for BBC Wiltshire

    spkBBC Radio Devon - 1458 kHz Mediumwave frequency closes on 10th January 2018
    • to continue to listen to BBC Radio Devon, choose from the following FM frequencies:
      • 104.3 FM : Brixham, Buckfastleigh, Dartmouth, Exmouth, Newton Abbot, Paignton, Torquay and Totnes

    • try the alternative frequency 990 kHz Mediumwave in and around Exeter to continue to hear BBC Radio Devon on MW

    spkBBC Essex - 1530 kHz Mediumwave frequency closes on 15th January 2018
    • to continue to listen to BBC Essex, choose from the following FM frequencies:
      • 95.3 FM : Basildon, Billericay, Brentwood, Canvey Island, Southend and Tilbury

    • try the alternative frequency 765 kHz Mediumwave in and around Barking, Dagenham, Harlow, Hornchurch and Ilford to continue to hear BBC Essex on MW

    spkBBC Radio Lancashire - 1557 kHz Mediumwave frequency closes on 15th January 2018
    • to continue to listen to BBC Radio Lancashire, choose from the following FM frequencies:
      • 103.9 FM : Blackpool

      • 104.5 FM : Carnforth, Cleveleys, Fleetwood, Heysham, Lancaster and Morecambe

    • try the alternative frequency 855 kHz Mediumwave in and around Preston to continue to hear BBC Radio Lancashire on MW

radionow.co.uk DAB radio retune information
Hold the Autotune button down for 3 seconds to make sure your DAB radio scans for BBC local stations broadcasting on DAB digital radio

What if I don't have a DAB digital radio but I want to listen to these stations on DAB rather than FM?

No problem, check out our DAB Buyers' Guide and make sure the radio you choose has a 'digital tick' and/or the DAB and DAB+ logos on the box or in the description. Buying online? If a DAB receiver also receives DAB+ stations, this will be stated in the online description, or the digital radio 'tick' logo will be shown alongside or below the pictures of the receiver, on the product's webpage.

Can I listen to my local BBC radio station on Freeview?

Have a look at our Freeview radio channel guide for channel information for your local and regional BBC radio stations.

Related links:
England's local BBC radio services organised by area, on this website
Freeview DTT radio services, on this website

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