BBC Radio Foyle
|Broadcast area||County Londonderry, |
|Frequency||FM: 93.1 MHz|
MW: 792 kHz
Freeview: 720 (NI only)
Sky: 0152 (NI only)
Virgin Media: 933
|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 Derry, 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. Since it broadcasts from a point close to the County Donegal (Republic of Ireland) and County Londonderry border it includes some coverage of the former county.
- Stephen McCauley (Electric Mainline) ("Afternoon Show")
- The Breakfast Show
- News bulletins including sport, News at One and Sportsound
- Stephen McCauley in the Afternoon
- The Friday Show
Weekend opt-out programmes
Local news summaries are broadcast on Saturdays and Sundays every hour between 0900 and 1300, plus at 1500 on Sunday afternoons. Previously BBC Radio Foyle did their own Saturday Afternoon Sports Show but now just carry Sportsound as BBC Radio Ulster, The local religious programme Rejoice with James McClelland continues to air on Sundays from after the 4.00pm news until 5.00pm. Between 0655 and 0100, all other programmes are broadcast from Radio Ulster. Between 0100 and 0655, 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 Gàidheal 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.
When the Digital One ensemble commenced broadcasting in Northern Ireland certain stations that used Digital One in the rest of the UK left the Northern Ireland ensemble, leaving space for Radio Foyle to broadcast in Stereo without the need for the Radio Ulster capacity to be split.