BBC Radio Foyle

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BBC Radio Foyle
BBC Radio Foyle logo
City of license Derry
Broadcast area County Londonderry,
Northern Ireland
Frequency

FM: 93.1 MHz
MW: 792 kHz

Freeview: 720 (NI only)
Online: [1]
First air date 11 September 1979
Format News, Music, Sport
Owner BBC,
BBC Northern Ireland
Webcast WMA
Website www.bbc.co.uk/radiofoyle

BBC Radio Foyle (Irish: BBC Raidió Feabhail) is a BBC Northern Ireland local radio station, serving County Londonderry in Northern Ireland. It is named after the River Foyle which flows through the city where the station is based. The station broadcasts from BBC's Northland Road studios on 93.1 FM and 792 MW in Derry, County Londonderry. There is also a small television studio based there used for interviews with the interviewee sitting in front of a CSO screen which normally has a live view of Derry

It is an opt-out from BBC Radio's main Northern Ireland service, BBC Radio Ulster. BBC Radio Foyle's weekday schedule begins at 7:30am and continues until 5:00pm.

In the Autumn of 2010 BBC Radio Foyle made changes to their output.

Programmes[edit]

Weekday opt-out programming[edit]

From 0700 until 1600, BBC Radio Foyle broadcasts hourly news summaries.

  • 0700–0900 Breakfast with Enda McClafferty and Sarah Brett
  • 0900–1300 As BBC Radio Ulster
  • 1300–1500 Lunchtime with Mark Patterson including the News at One
  • 1500–1700 The Sean Coyle Show

The Gerry Anderson Show on weekday mornings is broadcast on both Radio Foyle and Radio Ulster from Radio Foyle's studios.

Weekday evening opt-out programmes[edit]

  • Electric Mainline with Stephen McCauley (Tuesday, 1930–2000 and Thursday, 1900–1930)
  • Eamon Friel (Thursday, 2200–0000)
  • McLean's Country (Friday, 2000–2200)

Between 0630 and 0100, all other programming are broadcast from Radio Ulster. Between 0100 and 0630, Radio 5 Live programming is simulcast.

Saturday opt-out programmes[edit]

Local news summaries are broadcast every hour between 1000 and 1300, plus at 1500 and 1600.

  • 1310–1600 Saturday Sport with Dessie McCallion
  • 1800–1930 Caschlár (Irish Gaelic)

Between 0655 and 0100, all other programmes are broadcast from Radio Ulster. Between 0100 and 0655, Radio 5 Live programming is simulcast.

Sunday opt-out programmes[edit]

Local news summaries are broadcast at 1100 and 1200, then every hour between 1400 and 1700.

  • 1400–1500 Rejoice with James McClelland
  • 1500–1700 Hugo Duncan

Between 0655 and 0100, all other programmes are broadcast from Radio Ulster. Between 0100 and 0630, Radio 5 Live programming is simulcast.

Digital[edit]

BBC Radio Foyle is available online and is carried on Freeview in Northern Ireland (occupying the slot held by BBC Radio nan Gaidheal in Scotland and by BBC Radio Cymru in Wales). It was not initially available on DAB digital radio, however; the Northern Ireland multiplex licence only requires carriage of Radio Ulster.

In June 2010, the BBC announced a trial scheme under which Radio Foyle would be available on DAB as a part-time sidecar station to Radio Ulster, using a similar format as the part-time longwave-programming optouts of BBC Radio 4 on the BBC National DAB multiplex. During this trial, the bitrate of Radio Ulster would drop during Foyle's separate broadcast hours, with Foyle carried as a split audio stream in the remaining space; outside of split shows, the full bitrate would revert to Radio Ulster.[1]

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