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About Radio Somerset

What is BBC Somerset?

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

What is the remit of BBC Somerset?

The station offers a range of news and information about the editorial area along with national and international news. The programmes range from two hours speech on the weekday breakfast show through to an afternoon mix of celebrities, entertainers and local people and places of interest.

BBC Somerset reflects local sport with football commentaries on every Yeovil Town game, ball-by-ball coverage of Somerset County Cricket Club, plus coverage of Bristol City and Bristol Rovers matches and reports on a range of other sporting activities. If it's happening in Somerset, 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.

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

History of BBC Somerset

BBC Somerset was officially launched on April 11th, 1988 – although it had started life 10 years earlier as an emergency service following storms in the county. Originally based in studios above a café in Paul Street, Taunton, the station has steadily expanded, and moved into its current premises in Park Street in 2002. It has a loyal and enthusiastic following, and while the station’s style and sound has developed over the years, Somerset remains at the heart of everything we do.

How to Listen

95.5FM, 1566AM & DAB digital.

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Breaking news, story ideas or general enquiries:

Main switchboard: 0800 678 1566




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

To contact the team on-air, please telephone:

Studio: 0800 678 1566

Travel desk: 0345 304 1566

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

To contact BBC Somerset by post:

BBC Somerset

Broadcasting House




What's On?

To submit a "what's-on" to be read out on-air, email: give us as much notice as possible and include a contact number)