Originally standing for London Broadcasting Corporation (later standing for "London's Biggest Conversation", and subsequently "Leading Britain's Conversation"), LBC has been going for over 40 years and is London's biggest talk radio network. Early in 2014 it went national via the DAB digital broadcast system. It has call-in shows and entertainment shows, as well as a dedicated news station (LBC News, 1152 AM).
LBC has the distinction of being the oldest legal commercial radio station in the UK (not counting the Isle of Mannote
), launching in October 1973 — eight days before Capital Radio
- Nick Ferrari, who is the closest thing Britain has to a Shock Jock. Though he's not nearly as controversial as most, he did get a rap from Ofcom over immigration. Ferrari is considerably right-wing (he's also a Daily Express columnist), and had a spat with Mayor Ken Livingstone for a while (which seems to have been resolved, since "Red Ken" comes on Ferrari's show every so often and is now a host on the station). Does the weekday morning slot.
- Clive Bull, who originally started from 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM. Nowadays he only works on Sundays from 7:00PM to 10:00PM though he does sometimes fill in for absent hosts when the occasion arises.
- Ken Livingstone, former Mayor of London. He hosts the 10AM to noon slot on weekends with Dave Meller.
- Nick Abbot, hosts the 10PM to 1AM slot on weekends. He's notable for using movie soundbytes (such as "Me love you long time!") and Stock Sound Effects for comic relief, uses Vader Breath when referring to Gordon Brown and refers to Tony Blair as "Tony Blergh" out of disdain.
- Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democrat Party, hosts Call Clegg on Thursday mornings note .
The station can be picked up online, across the United Kingdom via satellite, cable and (since 2014) DAB digital radio. If you live in the Southeast of England, turn your radio to 97.3 FM.