BBC Radio Lancashire

Coordinates: 53°44′49″N 2°28′59″W / 53.747017°N 2.483042°W / 53.747017; -2.483042
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BBC Radio Lancashire
Broadcast areaLancashire
FrequencyFM: 95.5 MHz (Central and East Lancashire)
FM: 103.9 MHz (Central and West Lancashire)
FM: 104.5 MHz (Morecambe Bay)
DAB: 12A
Freeview: 720
FormatLocal news, talk and music
OwnerBBC Local Radio,
BBC North West
First air date
26 January 1971
Former names
BBC Radio Blackburn (1971–1981)
BBC Lancashire
Former frequencies
855 MW
1557 MW
Technical information
Licensing authority
WebsiteBBC Radio Lancashire

BBC Radio Lancashire is the BBC's local radio station serving the county of Lancashire.

It broadcasts on FM, DAB, digital TV and via BBC Sounds from studios on Darwen Street in Blackburn.

According to RAJAR, the station has a weekly audience of 162,000 listeners and a 5.7% share as of September 2023.[1]


BBC Radio Lancashire broadcasts on three FM transmitters. The 103.9 FM signal, which covers the central and western parts of the area, comes 529 metres (1,736 ft) high on the Winter Hill transmitter, and its height gives it the greatest coverage over Lancashire. The signal can also be picked up nearby in North Manchester. The station's other FM transmitters cover the eastern part of the county with an additional FM transmitter covering the Morecambe Bay area.

Beginning on 1 October 2001, the DAB signals have come from the EMAP Digital Central Lancashire 12A multiplex located at Winter Hill and Pendle Forest (near Nelson).

The station also broadcasts on Freeview TV channel 720 in the BBC North West region and streams online via BBC Sounds.

Until 17 May 2021, BBC Radio Lancashire was also broadcasting on medium wave.[2]


Local programming is produced and broadcast from the BBC's Blackburn studios from 6 am to 10 pm on Sundays to Fridays and from 6 am to 2 am on Saturdays.

The late show, airing from 10 pm to 1 am, is simulcast with BBC Radio Cumbria on Monday to Thursday, and originates from BBC Radio Merseyside on Fridays and BBC Radio Manchester on Saturdays and Sundays.

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


Notable former presenters[edit]


  1. ^ "RAJAR". RAJAR. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Ten more stations turn off Medium Wave services". 14 April 2021. Retrieved 19 April 2021.

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