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CityBrisbane, Queensland
Broadcast areaBrisbane
Gold Coast
Sunshine Coast
Tweed Heads
SloganTalking Brisbane
Frequency1116 kHz DAB Digital
First air date16 August 1930 (1930-08-16)[1]
FormatNews talk
Power17 kW (daytime)
6.3 kW (nighttime)
Transmitter coordinates27°21′31.5″S 153°5′23″E / 27.358750°S 153.08972°E / -27.358750; 153.08972
Call sign meaning4 = Queensland
Brisbane Chandlers[2] or
JB Chandler[3] (original licensee)
OwnerNine Entertainment Co
(Radio 4BC Brisbane Pty Ltd)
Sister stations4BH
WebcastWindows Media
iHeartRadio stream

4BC is a radio station in Brisbane, Queensland on 1116 kHz AM.

4BC is Brisbane's only commercial talkback station.

While the station's broadcasting facility is at Cannon Hill, its transmitting tower is located 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]

Prior to April 2015, 4BC produced all of its own programming, including a Queensland-wide morning program, from Brisbane which were presented by local announcers. In April 2015, most of those programs were axed with the exception of one local afternoon drive show.[11][12]


  • Jay Marschke (Commercial Director)

See also

Former Presenters


  1. ^ "Commercial Radio Broadcasting Licences" (PDF). 6 January 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  2. ^ Fairfax Media. The Early Years at 4BC Archived 26 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine. 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. Archived from the original on 15 January 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  10. ^ "Media Statement from 4BC". 4BC. Fairfax Media. 10 April 2015. Archived from the original on 11 April 2015. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  11. ^ (10 April 2015) High-profile 4BC presenters sacked following Fairfax and Macquarie merger deal, ABC News. Retrieved 17 January 2020.
  12. ^ (16 April 2015) Struggling jock Ben Davis survives 4BC cull, The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 17 January 2020.
  13. ^ "Ben Davis farewells 4BC". Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  14. ^ a b Courier-Mail 4BC Saviour Jamie Dunn Takes a Dive in Radio Ratings, 5 March 2009 11:00PM, (accessed 7 November 2010)
  15. ^ a b Sunshine Coast Daily I didn't quit: Jamie Dunn, 29 October 2010, (accessed 7 November 2010)
  16. ^ "4BC Profile: Ian Calder, (accessed 7 November 2010)". Archived from the original on 18 November 2010. Retrieved 7 November 2010.

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