BBC Radio Leicester

Coordinates: 52°38′06″N 1°08′17″W / 52.635°N 1.138°W / 52.635; -1.138
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BBC Radio Leicester
Broadcast areaLeicestershire and Rutland
FrequencyFM: 104.9 MHz
DAB: 11B (NOW Leicester)
Freeview: 721
FormatLocal news, talk and music
OwnerBBC Local Radio,
BBC East Midlands
First air date
8 November 1967
Former frequencies
95.0 FM
837 MW
Technical information
Licensing authority
WebsiteBBC Radio Leicester

BBC Radio Leicester is the BBC's local radio station serving the counties of Leicestershire and Rutland.

It broadcasts on FM, DAB, digital TV and via BBC Sounds from studios at St Nicholas Place in Leicester.

According to RAJAR, the station had a weekly audience of 112,000 listeners and a 5.4% share as of June 2023.[1]


BBC Radio Leicester was the first BBC Local Radio station, launching at 12:45 pm on 8 November 1967 on 95.05 VHF from a transmitter located on Gorse Hill above the city centre.

In 2007, the station celebrated its 40th anniversary by launching a Ruby Rainbow Appeal in aid of the Rainbows Hospice based in Loughborough, within its TSA (total survey area). Special events took place throughout the year culminating in a final fundraising appeal around the time of the anniversary in November 2007.

BBC Leicester building at 9 St Nicholas Place.


In 2005, the station moved to new premises at 9 St Nicholas Place. This new centre is adjacent to the medieval Guildhall and Cathedral and includes many aspects of Leicester's history, such as Victorian tiles and an undercroft (first revealed in 1841), with remains dating to Roman times. The Centre houses the BBC College of Journalism's base for the Midlands, an IT Centre that is used in partnership with local organisations, and a BBC Shop selling a wide range of BBC-branded merchandise.


Copt Oak transmitter next to the M1 motorway.

Although the station's FM transmitter mast is only 70 m (230 ft) tall, it is set 235 m (770 ft) above sea level on top of the Jurassic limestone ridge at Copt Oak, next to the M1. This is a high point in Charnwood Forest, part of the National Forest.

Since 6 December 2002, the station's DAB signal has come from the NOW Digital East Midlands (NDEM) Leicester 11B multiplex, which comes from the Copt Oak and Houghton on the Hill transmitters.

The station also broadcasts on Freeview TV channel 721 in the BBC East Midlands region and streams online via BBC Sounds.

The station also used to broadcast on 837 kHz medium wave frequency from the Freeman's Common transmitter, near the University of Leicester. On 30 October 1989, the BBC Asian Network launched on the 837 MW frequency, as well as launching on the MW frequency of BBC WM. Initially launched as a part-time service across the Midlands, it became a full-time service in 1996, resulting in BBC Radio Leicester no longer broadcasting on MW.


Local programming is produced and broadcast from the BBC's Leicester studios from 6 am to 10 pm on Sundays to Fridays and from 6 am to 6 pm and 8 pm to 10 pm on Saturdays.

Off-peak programming, including the late show from 10 pm to 1 am, originates from BBC Radio WM (Monday to Thursday) and BBC Radio Nottingham (Friday to Sunday).

During the station's downtime, BBC Radio Leicester simulcasts overnight programming from BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio London.[2]


Notable past presenters[edit]


  1. ^ "RAJAR". RAJAR. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  2. ^ "BBC Radio Leicester schedule". Retrieved 27 July 2023.

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