|Frequency||93.5 MHz (FM)|
|Branding||CBC Radio One|
|Owner||Canadian Broadcasting Corporation|
First air date
|1978 (as a rebroadcaster)|
1998 (as an independent station)
Call sign meaning
|Canadian Broadcasting Corporation London|
|ERP||69.3 kW average|
100 kW peak
Horizontal polarization only
|HAAT||231.2 metres (758 ft 6 in)|
The station was launched in 1978. Prior to its launch, CBC Radio programming was aired on private affiliate CFPL. CBCL started out as a rebroadcaster of CBL Toronto, but was granted a separate licence in 1998. It began producing a limited amount of local programming, consisting of its own regional news service. From 1998-2004 it produced its own local newscasts which aired during Ontario Morning, separately from regional news heard on all other stations airing Ontario Morning. The two news feeds were merged in 2004. Regional news originating from London was hosted by Gary Ennett or Kerry McKee.
In September 2011, the CBC announced plans to expand CBCL's local programming for the London area beginning in 2012, though the new local programming scheme did not leave the planning stage at this time.
On April 25, 2016, the CBC announced that it had plans to launch a new morning show for London, London Morning, as well as establish special digital-based programming for the region. To that end, a new studio was built at the London Public Library's Central branch in the Downtown Core and it began operations on June 12, 2017 with London Morning's premiere, with Rebecca Zandbergen as the program's original host. In addition, Afternoon Drive was moved from Windsor to London, with a new host, Chris dela Torre. Gary Ennett and Kerry McKee serve as news editors for the morning and afternoon shows respectively.
As of June 2017, CBCL produces the local morning program, London Morning, which covers London and the surrounding area, and the local afternoon program, Afternoon Drive, which covers all of Southwestern Ontario from London to Windsor. London Morning is hosted by Rebecca Zandbergen, and Afternoon Drive is hosted by Chris dela Torre. In addition, the station also produces short news updates at the 30 minute mark of selected hours of national/provincial programming throughout the weekday, in addition to a noon broadcast, concluding with a slightly longer version at around 6:26 PM after the nationwide broadcast of CBC's main evening news show, The World at Six.
The station previously aired the regional morning program, Ontario Morning, produced by CBLA and airing on nearly all Radio One rebroadcasters in Southern Ontario. Prior to 2015, it aired CBLA's afternoon program Here and Now, but in that year Here and Now was replaced with Afternoon Drive. The latter show was previously produced at Windsor's CBEW, but moved to London at the same time as the launch of London Morning.
|City of license||Identifier||Frequency||Power||Class||RECNet||CRTC Decision|
|Tillsonburg||CBCL-FM-1||88.7 FM||8180 watts||B1||Query||2014-106|
On February 2, 2015, the CRTC approved the CBC's application to relocate the transmitter site, changing the class from B1 to A, decreasing the maximum effective radiated power (ERP) from 8,180 to 1,320 watts (average ERP from 2,060 to 1,320 watts), and changing the antenna's radiation pattern from directional to non-directional; and decreasing the height of antenna above average terrain from 78.9 to 3.5 metres.
- Decision CRTC 98-460, New CBC FM radio station for London and deletion of CBLA-FM's London transmitter CBCL-FM, CRTC, September 28, 1998
- Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (2011-09-26). "CBC to introduce new local service to London". Retrieved 2011-09-26.
- 2013-1394-9, Addition of a transmitter at Tillsonburg, Ontario, CRTC, October 24, 2013
- Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2014-106, CBCL-FM London – New transmitter in Tillsonburg, CRTC, March 7, 2014
- "CBC to launch new digital service in London, Ont." CBC, April 25, 2016.
- "Changes afoot at CBC Radio's Afternoon Drive". CBC News, June 6, 2017.
- CBC Communications (12 May 2017). "CBC Officially Launches CBC London station". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. CBC News. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
- "London Programs". CBC. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
- Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2015-29, CBCL-FM-1 Tillsonburg – Technical changes, CRTC, February 2, 2015