LBC has been a favourite ever since it launched in 1973. I am pleased that even in Oxfordshire I can receive it on 97.3 FM, also on DAB, and wi fi radio! Ironically the BBC Stations (Digital One) come in with a large signal error and glitch occasionally.
News from the Independent News Paper
30 January 2014
Global Radio, Britain’s largest commercial radio company, is launching a national news and politics network which will rival the BBC’s Radio 5 Live.
Global is putting its long-running London station LBC on a national footing and creating the country’s first news talk broadcaster on a commercial platform.
As well as challenging 5 Live for ratings, the station will bring new competition for local stations from smaller commercial radio groups.
LBC is known for its political content and features high profile shows such as the weekly “Call Clegg”, which is hosted by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, and “Ask Boris”, presented by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson.
The station is a pioneer in commercial radio and launched 40 years ago as the London Broadcasting Company. It is not entirely clear how the network, with its broader footprint, intends to widen its offering to appeal to more listeners outside of the capital.
The station’s other presenters include the former London mayor Ken Livingstone and the former Conservative minister David Mellor.
Global, which also owns the national station Classic FM, is moving to offer advertisers nationwide-reach. The stable also includes the Capital, Heart, Smooth, Xfm and Gold networks.
The national LBC will launch on DAB radio on 11 February.
The publicity from LBC’s site is as follows
Friday 31st January 2014
LBC is going national on 11th February when it will become Britain’s first and only commercial news talk radio station.
LBC digital radioNick Ferrari and Nick Clegg made the announcement on Call Clegg on Thursday that London’s favourite talk radio station will be available across the UK in high quality digital radio.
See the announcement here >>
LBC Going National: FAQs
How will LBC change?
What you hear won’t change at all. You’ll still hear your favourite presenters, talking about the big issue subjects of the day. If you’re talking about it, we’re talking about it. And the people in charge will still be here answering your questions, including Nick Clegg and Boris Johnson.
Will LBC still be on 97.3FM?
Yes, you can still listen to LBC on 97.3FM around London in the same way you always have. But you’ll now be able to listen around the country on your DAB digital radio as well.
Will we still get London travel news and weather?
Everything you have now, you will still have on LBC. We’ll still be covering everything you need to keep you moving around London with the best and most frequent travel news anywhere.
Will LBC still cover London stories?
Yes, if there’s a story that affects Londoners, we’ll still cover it. When there are tube strikes, we will still keep you fully updated. We have always covered both London stories and big news from around the country, so that won’t change. Recently, as well as covering the helicopter crash in Vauxhall, we also covered the helicopter crash in Glasgow and Norfolk as well – and we’ll continue to do that.
Will the phone number change?
No, you’ll still be able to call us on 0845 6060973 and text on 84850
So what will change?
Essentially, the only change you will notice is that you can now listen to LBC anywhere around the country on your DAB digital radio. We will have a new tagline – Leading Britain’s Conversation – but you won’t see any change in the content of the shows.