BBC Radio Devon

BBC Radio Devon

BBC Radio Devon is the BBC’s local radio station serving the county of Devon.

It broadcasts on FM, DAB, digital TV and via BBC Sounds from studios in the Mannamead area of Plymouth.

According to RAJAR, the station has a weekly audience of 186,000 listeners and a 10.1% share as of September 2021.


BBC Radio Devon started broadcasting on 17 January 1983, replacing the BBC Radio 4 regional breakfast show Morning Sou’West. On the same day, BBC Radio Cornwall started broadcasting, as did BBC Breakfast television.

When broadcasting started, the new studios in Exeter had not yet been finished, so BBC Radio Devon was broadcast from portable cabins for the first few weeks. The Exeter studios were officially opened by Alastair Milne, then Director-General of the BBC, on 30 September 1983.

BBC Radio Devon has reporters based in Exeter, Plymouth, Paignton and Barnstaple, allowing it to cover news stories throughout Devon. The Plymouth newsroom is shared with the BBC’s regional TV news programme Spotlight and also provides online news services. The station has won several Sony Awards for its programming.