BBC Radio Merseyside
BBC Radio Merseyside is the BBCs local radio station serving Merseyside. It broadcasts on FM, DAB, digital TV and via BBC Sounds from studios on Hanover Street in Liverpool. According to RAJAR, the station has a weekly audience of 253,000 listeners and a 7.7% share as of December 2021. BBC Radio Merseyside was the third Local BBC Radio station to start broadcasting, launching on 22 November 1967, broadcasting from the sixth floor of council-owned offices in Commerce House, Liverpool. In late 1981 BBC Radio Merseyside moved to a new purpose built studios on Paradise Street, Liverpool. Broadcasts began from the new studios on 7 December 1981. On 15 July 2006, BBC Radio Merseyside moved from its former home to a new purpose-built studio building on the corner of Hanover Street and College Lane in Liverpool. This building has two ground-floor studios next to a public performance space. An open learning centre is on the first floor and the main office is on the second floor. Its the third building BBC Radio Merseyside has occupied since it was launched. In October 2006, the studio building was nominated and made the Building Design shortlist for the inaugural Carbuncle Cup, which was ultimately awarded to Drake Circus Shopping Centre in Plymouth. Until the late 1980s the station was generally on air from breakfast until teatime, with any programming after 6 pm devoted to specialist music and magazines aimed at specialist interests and at ethnic minority communities. In early 1989, the four BBC stations in north west England launched an evening service called Network North West. It was broadcast each night from 7.30pm until midnight. In May 1991, the four north west stations joined the BBC Night Network, which had previously provided evening programming for the BBCs six north east and Yorkshire stations. At this point, local broadcasts ended at 7.05pm (7pm at the weekend) until midnight, extending to 12:30 am in the early 1990s, and to 1 am by the end of that decade.