BBC Radio Ulster

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BBC Radio Ulster
BBC Radio Ulster logo
Broadcast areaNorthern Ireland
FrequencyFM: 92–95 MHz
MW: 1341 kHz and 873 kHz
Freeview: 719 (NI only)
Freesat: 716
Sky (UK only): 0118
Virgin Media: 932
Virgin Media Ireland: 906
Online: [1]
Format(News, Travel, Weather, Sport, farming & agriculture news, Music & Chat)
BBC Northern Ireland
First air date
1 January 1975

BBC Radio Ulster (Irish: BBC Raidió Uladh) is a Northern Irish radio station owned and operated by BBC Northern Ireland, a division of the BBC. It was established in New Year's Day 1975, replacing what had been an opt-out of BBC Radio 4 (previously the BBC Northern Ireland Home Service) and as a result of the BBC's widely regarded[by whom?] under-reporting of the Ulster Workers' Council strike in May 1974.


It is the most widely listened to radio station in Northern Ireland,[1] with a diverse range of programmes, including news, talk, features, music and sport. It is broadcast from BBC Northern Ireland's Broadcasting House in Belfast. News bulletins are broadcast usually on the hour seven days a week from 6:30 am until midnight (on weekdays) and from 7:00 am until midnight (on weekends, Christmas holidays, and Bank Holidays). It is available on 92-95 FM, 873/1341 MW, Digital audio broadcasting and Freeview in Northern Ireland and across the UK on BBC Sounds and satellite/cable television. It is available in Ireland via Virgin Media, on smart speakers or on FM in counties bordering Northern Ireland.

An opt-out of the station exists in Derry, BBC Radio Foyle, carrying alternative programming and news for much of the time between 7:30am and 5:00pm weekdays and a few hours at the weekend. The station is also broadcast on DAB Digital Radio, digital television and on the Internet. During the station's downtime, BBC Radio Ulster simulcasts BBC Radio 5 Live programming.


The BBC reported in the Annual Report for 2017/18 that Radio Ulster and Radio Foyle operated on a budget of £17.6 million with a 38% reach of the population and that the cost per hour of output was 5.8p.[2]


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  1. ^ "Radio and audio content" (PDF). Retrieved 9 January 2021.
  2. ^ "BBC Annual Report and Accounts 2017/18" (PDF). Retrieved 9 January 2021.

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Coordinates: 54°35′38″N 5°55′48″W / 54.594°N 5.930°W / 54.594; -5.930