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About Radio Leicester

What is BBC Radio Leicester?

BBC Radio Leicester is the BBC's local radio station covering Leicestershire and Rutland. It broadcasts a mix of local news, information, conversation, music and entertainment, reflecting life in the area.

What is the remit of BBC Radio Leicester?

The station offers a range of news and information about the local area along with national and international news. The programmes range from news, information and a daily phone-in on the weekday breakfast show through to an afternoon mix of celebrities, entertainment and local people and places of interest.

BBC Radio Leicester reflects local sport with full commentary on every Leicester City football game and every Leicester Tigers rugby match, plus reports on a range of other sporting activities including cricket, basketball and speedway. If it's happening in Leicestershire and Rutland you're bound to hear about it on one of our programmes.

Although most listeners are over 50, the station aims to appeal to anyone who is interested in the editorial area. There is more information about the remit of local radio here.

If you wish to comment further on the remit of BBC local radio, you can contact BBC Feedback or BBC Complaints.

History of BBC Radio Leicester

BBC Radio Leicester was launched on 8 November 1967 and was the first local radio station in the UK. It wasn’t long before the station developed a large and loyal following which it still enjoys.

The style and sound of the station has changed over the years, but Leicestershire and Rutland remain at the heart of all we do.


Breaking news, story ideas or general enquiries:

Main switchboard: 0808 100 1049

News desk: 0116 201 6660





WhatsApp: You can message us on 08000 321 333 starting your message with “Leicester".

To submit a "what's on" to be read out on-air, email

To contact the team on-air, please telephone:

Studio: 0808 100 1049

Travel desk: 0116 254 0000

Text: 81333 and start the message with "Leicester". You will be charged at your standard message rate.

To contact BBC Radio Leicester by post:

BBC Radio Leicester

9 St Nicholas Place