BBC Radio Foyle
|City of license||Londonderry|
|Broadcast area||County Londonderry,
Freeview: 720 (NI only)
|First air date||11 September 1979|
|Format||News, Music, Sport|
BBC Northern Ireland
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 Londonderry, 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 Londonderry City.
In the Autumn of 2010 BBC Radio Foyle made changes to their output.
Weekday opt-out programming
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
- 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
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
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.
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. If the trial is a success, the scheme may be rolled out permanently.