A leading local radio station which broadcasts across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire has relocated to Dunstable.
BBC Three Counties Radio, home to Iain Lee’s award winning Breakfast Show, moved to their new base in the Grove Park complex in Dunstable, central Bedfordshire last Tuesday with Nick Coffer taking the airwaves from midday.
Laura Moss, Managing Editor of BBC Three Counties Radio, said she’s delighted with the new base.
“It is an extremely exciting time for the station. We’ve been working on this move for almost two years so to see it through is a great feeling.
“BBC Local Radio is the front door of the BBC across the country and being at the heart of local community is extremely important to us.
“With the Grove Theatre, Central Bedfordshire College and a thriving high street on our doorstep, it felt like the right place to be. Not only are we located in the centre of our transmission area, but we also fulfil our aim of being more accessible to our audience.”
The new, open plan office offers BBC Three Counties Radio’s audience greater access to the station. Many of the day to day activities, including broadcasting studios, production offices and the news operation is on the ground level, giving audiences an insight into the world of live broadcasting.
The move to Dunstable also coincides with the station’s 30th birthday.
“It’s the start of an exciting new era for BBC Three Counties Radio. The move will mark the beginning of our 31st year on air and we couldn’t be happier with all the support we’ve received from the local community so far.”
Cllr Nigel Young, Executive Member for Regeneration and Dunstable Watling ward member, said: “We’re delighted that BBC Three Counties Radio has chosen Dunstable as their new base. Their arrival will further stimulate the regeneration of the town and is an example of the way businesses can and will benefit from the infrastructure – such as the Luton Dunstable Busway – that Central Bedfordshire Council continues to deliver.
“I trust the BBC share our vision of an increasing optimistic outlook for the town – one that is fast becoming a go‐to destination for many businesses. Grove Park, in particular, is now a flourishing cultural centre for Dunstable and the welcome arrival of BBC Three Counties Radio will mean it is now fully occupied for the first time in eight years. We’re thrilled to have played a part in making this transition happen for the station and wish them all the best in their new home."
BBC Three Counties Radio broadcasts on 103.8FM and 95.5FM on DAB Digital Radio and online via the BBC iPlayer. Follow BBC Three Counties Radio @BBC3CR.