This article is about Australian radio station. For the year, see 4 BC. For boccia classification, see BC4.
City Brisbane, Queensland
Broadcast area Brisbane Gold Coast Sunshine Coast Ipswich Tweed Heads
Slogan Talking Brisbane
Frequency 1116 kHz AM (also on DAB+)
First air date 15 August 1930 (1930-08-15)[1]
Format News talk
Language(s) English
Power 17 kW (daytime)
6.3 kW (nighttime)
Transmitter coordinates 27°21′31.5″S 153°5′23″E / 27.358750°S 153.08972°E / -27.358750; 153.08972
Callsign meaning 4 = Queensland
Brisbane Chandlers[2] or
JB Chandler[3] (original licensee)
Affiliations News. Talk. Sport
Owner Macquarie Media
(Radio 4BC Brisbane Pty Ltd)
Sister stations Magic 882
Webcast Windows Media
iHeartRadio stream
Website 4bc.com.au

4BC is a radio station in Brisbane, Queensland on 1116kHz AM. 4BC is Brisbane's only commercial talkback station and uses the promotional phrase "News Talk 1116". The station's broadcasting facility is at Cannon Hill, and its tower is alongside the Gateway Motorway in Nudgee.


4BC was one of the first radio stations in Brisbane. It was established in 1930 by John Beals Chandler,[4] an electrical appliance retailer and later Lord Mayor of Brisbane. In March 1937 the station was sold for £50,000 to the Australian Broadcasting Company who took control in April.[5][6][7]

The original studio was located in the Wintergarden Building in Queen St and in 1954 the station moved to the corner of Wharf and Adelaide St into what was originally a vinegar factory. The original transmitter site was located at Fig Tree Pocket and was a two tower 5Kw directional array. In 1988 the studio was relocated to 30 Macrossan St and that installation included a Ku band satellite uplink for the first time. In 2004 the station moved from its CBD location at 30 Macrossan Street to new purpose built premises at Cannon Hill in 2004.[8] Fairfax acquired ownership in 2007.


In December 2013, 4BC management unveiled an almost complete replacement of on-air talent for 2014. Most continued into early 2015.[9] However, in April 2015, management announced a number of programs would be immediately axed, and a number of announcing staff made redundant, following the merger of Fairfax Radio Network and Macquarie Radio Network. These included long-time presenter and newsreader Walter Williams, Loretta Ryan, Ian Skippen, and former Seven News reporter Patrick Condren.[10]


See also

Former Presenters


  1. http://www.acma.gov.au/webwr/_assets/main/lib100052/lic022_commercial_radio_broadcasting_licences.pdf
  2. Fairfax Media. The Early Years at 4BC. Accessed 8 November 2007.
  3. Chandlers Company Profile. Accessed 8 November 2007.
  4. "4BC. New Wireless Station. Auspicious Opening.". The Brisbane Courier. 18 August 1930. p. 12. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  5. "Station 4BC Sold". The Courier-Mail. 13 March 1937. p. 19. Retrieved 18 November 2010.
  6. "New Company Takes Over 4BC". The Courier-Mail. 13 April 1937. p. 23. Retrieved 18 November 2010.
  7. "£50,000 Paid for Station 4BC". The Courier-Mail. 9 October 1937. p. 14. Retrieved 18 November 2010.
  8. Hele, Michelle (6 August 2004). "Radio stations 4BC and 4BH all set for big move to Cannon Hill". The Courier-Mail (1 - First with the news ed.). p. 39. ISSN 1322-5235.
  9. "4BC Line-up for 2014". 4BC. Fairfax Media. 4 December 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  10. "Media Statement from 4BC". 4BC. Fairfax Media. 10 April 2015. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  11. Courier-Mail 4BC Saviour Jamie Dunn Takes a Dive in Radio Ratings, 5 March 2009 11:00PM, (accessed 7 November 2010)
  12. Sunshine Coast Daily I didn't quit: Jamie Dunn, 29 October 2010, (accessed 7 November 2010)
  13. 4BC Profile: Ian Calder, (accessed 7 November 2010)
  14. Courier-Mail 4BC Saviour Jamie Dunn Takes a Dive in Radio Ratings, 5 March 2009 11:00PM, (accessed 7 November 2010)
  15. Sunshine Coast Daily I didn't quit: Jamie Dunn, 29 October 2010, (accessed 7 November 2010)

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