BBC RADIO FOYLE
BBC Radio Foyle is the local BBC station for Derry and runs as an opt-out from BBC Radio Ulster – the main BBC service for Northern Ireland. It deliberately chose to name the station after the local river rather than the county due to the political division surrounding the county name.
The station broadcasts on 93.1MHz and 792kHz from the BBC’s local Northland Road studios.
BBC Radio Foyle first went on air on the September 11th 1979, initially broadcasting for just 20 hours a week. Although a bomb destroyed the station’s offices in December of that year, the station stayed on air. Following another bomb outside the premises in June 1980, they moved to a new location at Rock Road in Derry. A new £1m complex was built on Northland Road (above), and became the station’s home in 1985.
A protest against the UK government’s 1988 Broadcasting Ban led to Sinn Féin councillors occupying Radio Foyle’s studios in 1992. The station broadcast Radio Ulster output to prevent access by the protestors to the airwaves. The studios had a major revamp in 1998.
The station’s website can be visited by tapping here.