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First air date
15 November 1967

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BBC Radio Sheffield

Broadcast area
South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and North Nottinghamshire

FM: 88.6 MHz, 94.7 MHz, 104.1 MHz MW: 1035 kHz DAB: 11C DTR: 734 (Freeview) RDS: BBC SHEF

Local news, talk and music

BBC Radio Sheffield is the BBC Local Radio service for English metropolitan county of South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire. This includes the city of Sheffield, plus Rotherham, Doncaster, Barnsley, Chesterfield and surrounding areas. It was the second BBC local radio station, beginning on 15 November 1967 broadcasting from a large Victorian house in Westbourne Road in the Broomhill area of the city. It now broadcasts from a new studio complex at 54 Shoreham Street in Sheffield city centre, on 88.6, 94.7, 104.1 FM, 1035 AM, DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) and DTR (Digital Television Radio). It is also available through live streaming on the internet.


According to RAJAR, as of November 2014 BBC Radio Sheffield has 276,000 listeners, which represents 21.2% % of the reach.


The 104.1FM signal is broadcast at 2,500 ft from the Holme Moss transmitter in West Yorkshire, near the border with Derbyshire, enabling the signal to be clearly heard in Barnsley, North Rotherham, Doncaster and parts of Nottinghamshire.

The 88.6FM signal is broadcast from the Crosspool transmitter on Tapton Hill to serve Sheffield and parts of Rotherham. It also broadcasts DAB on 11C multiplex for Sheffield and surrounding areas and it broadcasts DTR for South Yorkshire and surrounding areas for freeview TV channel 734 on UHF 27-522MHz the BBCA multiplex.

The 94.7FM signal is broadcast from the Chesterfield transmitter and serves Derbyshire, parts of Nottinghamshire and the East of South Yorkshire. The Chesterfield signal can be heard as far south on the M1 as Copt Oak. It broadcasts DAB on 11C multiplex (same as Crosspool transmitter) for the Chesterfield and North Derbyshire area. It also broadcasts DTR for Chesterfield for freeview TV channel 734 on UHF 26-514MHz on the BBCA multiplex.

The 1035AM signal is broadcast from the Broadfield Road transmitter in Sheffield (behind Heeley swimming baths) and serves South Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and parts of Lincolnshire and West Yorkshire.

A DAB signal is broadcast from the Clifton transmitter (next to the M18 east of Rotherham) to serve Rotherham, Doncaster, Worksop and surrounding areas. Another DAB signal is broadcast from Ardsley transmitter East of Barnsley to serve Barnsley, Dearne Valley and parts of West Yorkshire. Both transmitters use the Bauer South Yorkshire 11C multiplex (Same as Crosspool and Chesterfield transmitters).

The Emley Moor transmitter broadcasts DTR for freeview TV channel 734 for Yorkshire, Derbyshire and parts of Lincolnshire on UHF 47-682MHz the BBCA multiplex. Other local TV transmitters such as Crosspool relay their signal from Emley Moor.


In March 1982, the station was joined by Roger and Richard, on a work placement scheme with the Archive staff, to begin cataloging its early material, by archiving it on audio cassette accompanied by a brief summary of its contents. The first item to reach the archive were news reports of the steel strike of 1980. (This followed a successful scheme by Radio Carlisle which, first of all, covered the Windscale nuclear accident of October 1957.) The cassettes and listings, which include a full range of news stories and local music, are held at the South Yorkshire Archive in Sheffield. When the personnel were changed after a year, Roger and Richard were replaced by Sarah Major, who broadcasts on the station on Sunday mornings.


The majority of the station's programming is produced and broadcast from Sheffield. During off-peak hours, BBC Radio Sheffield carries regional programming for Yorkshire and the North Midlands from sister station BBC Radio Leeds, which also originates the networked evening shows for BBC Local Radio on weekday evenings (produced independently by Wire Free Productions).

The station's local presenters include Toby Foster, Rony Robinson, Paulette Edwards and Howard Pressman.

During the station's downtime, BBC Radio Sheffield simulcasts BBC Radio 5 Live.

Notable past presenters

  • Emlyn Hughes
  • Ian MacMillan
  • Simon Clark (Sports presenter)
  • Tony Capstick
  • Simon Groom
  • References

    BBC Radio Sheffield Wikipedia

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