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SIBC logo
Broadcast areaShetland Islands
Frequency96.2 MHz, 102.2 MHz
SloganThe independent radio of the Shetland Islands Broadcasting Company
OwnerShetland Islands Broadcasting Company
First air date
26 November 1987

Coordinates: 60°09′20″N 1°08′46″W / 60.155559°N 1.146110°W / 60.155559; -1.146110 SIBC (short for Shetland Islands Broadcasting Company) is a local independent commercial radio station broadcasting in the Shetland Islands. Its coverage area is Shetland, parts of Orkney, and some 75,000 square miles (190,000 km2) of sea-lanes, fishing grounds, and offshore oil fields. The station, which is owned and operated by husband and wife team, Ian Anderson and Inga Walterson, is located at Market Street, Lerwick and broadcasts from Bressay on 96.2 MHz FM (also on 102.2 MHz in Lerwick).


The company, which was registered on 23 September 1985 and has Ofcom licence number AL131-2, began broadcasting on 26 November 1987. It is currently on a 5-year licence. The shorter-term licence was issued when there was a belief by the regulator Ofcom that analogue (FM) broadcasting was coming to an end and it did not want to license current FM stations beyond the changeover date to digital.

Ian Anderson, the station's main owner, was previously a broadcaster for the BBC and Radio Forth, as well as pirate radio stations including Radio Atlantis, Radio Northsea International, and Radio Caroline.[1]


SIBC is on the air 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with a schedule of contemporary music and news with a local emphasis. News bulletins – with the latest local news and weather, together with some national, Nordic, and world reports – are broadcast every hour on the hour from 6.00 on Mondays to 18.00 on Saturdays and from 6.00 to 18.00 on Sundays, with additional bulletins at 6.30, 7.30, and 8.30 on Mondays to Saturdays and at 17.30 on Mondays to Fridays. The station also carries, as necessary, essential information regarding emergencies, school closures, etc.


  1. ^ Pirate Radio Hall of Fame

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