List of BBC radio stations

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There are a total of fifty-nine BBC Radio stations, as listed below. Some are available on analogue frequencies, but all broadcast on DAB, television platforms like Freeview, Sky and Freesat as well as online platforms.

Some stations like BBC Radio 1 and BBC World Service broadcast internationally.

National radio stations[edit]

BBC Radio 1[edit]

Main article: BBC Radio 1

Specialising in current music and chart hits, BBC Radio 1 is home to shows hosted by Nick Grimshaw, Greg James and Annie Mac as well as other radio DJs. It also broadcasts its flagship news programme Newsbeat on the weekdays.

After 19:00, Radio 1 also plays alternative genres like that of electronic dance and rock as the station primarily focuses on younger audiences. Slogan = BBC Radio 1 where the UK’s journey into new music begins, from pop to dance, from hip hop to rock and everything in between

BBC Radio 1Xtra[edit]

Main article: BBC Radio 1Xtra

The sister station to BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra focuses on urban music, rap and garage as well as other related genres. It also broadcasts Newsbeat at 12:45 and 17:45 during the week.

DJs include Charlie Sloth, MistaJam and Trevor Nelson among others. Slogan = BBC Radio 1Xtra – Hip Hop, RnB, Grime, Dancehall, Afrobeat, Drum n Bass – championing UK and international underground diverse music

BBC Radio 2[edit]

Main article: BBC Radio 2

The most popular radio station in the United Kingdom, BBC Radio 2 plays adult contemporary music including music from decades such as the '80s and '90s. It is home to presenters like Ken Bruce, Simon Mayo and Jo Whiley.

BBC Radio 2's primary audience is those over 35, however, it has attracted younger listeners as the years have passed because of its wide-range of music. Slogan = The home of great music – Pop and Rock from the sixties, seventies, eighties and beyond to blues, big band, country and jazz with the best live music and documentaries

BBC Radio 3[edit]

Main article: BBC Radio 3

Most of the output from BBC Radio 3 is classical music with programmes like Composer of the Week and Essential Classics. Nevertheless, this station also focuses on jazz and world music with programmes such as Jazz on 3 and World on 3, respectively.

BBC Radio 3 is also home to the long-standing programme Late Junction, first broadcast in 1999, playing a mix of eceletic, odd and world music. Slogan = Radio 3 broadcasts classical music, jazz, world music, new music, arts programmes and drama. It's the home of the Proms and broadcasts more live music than any other network

BBC Radio 4[edit]

Main article: BBC Radio 4

A wide variety of spoken-word programmes are broadcast on BBC Radio 4 including dramas, news-related programming and discussion on both a philosophical and current affairs level. Radio 4 also attracts older audiences.

It is home to shows like Today, In Touch and The Archers; a farming soap opera broadcasting on the station since 1950. Slogan = Intelligent speech, the most insightful journalism, the wittiest comedy, the most fascinating features and the most compelling drama and readings anywhere in UK radio

BBC Radio 4 Extra[edit]

Main article: BBC Radio 4 Extra

Formerly BBC Radio 7, BBC Radio 4 Extra broadcasts archive repeats of comedy and drama programming nationally, 24 hours a day. It first began in 2002 as BBC Radio 7 but changed its name in 2011.

BBC Radio 4 Extra is also a catch-up service, broadcasting shows originally aired in Radio 4. Slogan = Showcasing the best in comedy drama and entertainment. With quizzes, sitcoms, panel games, satire, stand up, life stories, classics from the archive, science fiction and fantasy

BBC Radio 5 Live[edit]

Main article: BBC Radio 5 Live

BBC Radio 5 Live is the BBC's national station that specialises in live news from the BBC, phone-ins, interviews and sports commentaries. It airs both news and sports-related programmes.

Notable programmes include 5 live Breakfast, 5 live Sport and Sports Report. Slogan = Live news and live sport. Premier League football, Champions League football, Europa League football, international football, FA Cup football, Championship Football, Football League, Scottish...'

BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra[edit]

The sister station to BBC 5 Live, 5 Live Sports Extra specialises only in additional sports coverage when 5 Live is airing sporting events also. It began in February 2002.

During its downtime, the station airs a preview loop on the events the station covers. Slogan = More live sport. Pure live sport. Live cricket from the Test Match Special team, football commentary, Formula 1, rugby union, rugby league, baseball, NFL American Football, tennis...

BBC Radio 6 Music[edit]

Main article: BBC Radio 6 Music

Cutting-edge, alternative and independent music are the main genres airing on this station. It is known as the most popular digital radio station in the United Kingdom. Other genres include reggae, ska, alternative hip-hop, shoegaze and classic rock.

DJs on this station include Iggy Pop, Gideon Coe, Marc Riley and Lauren Laverne. During the Womad Festival, BBC 6 Music joined BBC Radio 3 on its coverage meaning it was broadcasting on FM rather than just DAB and online platforms. Slogan = The place for the best Alternative Music. From Indie Pop and Iconic Rock to Trip Hop, Electronica and Dance with great Archive Music Sessions, Live Music Concerts and Documentaries

BBC Asian Network[edit]

Is a station aimed at the large South Asian community in the UK (primarily a digital radio station, but available in parts of the Midlands on medium wave) Slogan = BBC Asian Network – Bollywood, Bhangra, Asian Urban and underground. Home of Desi music, news and documentaries

BBC World Service[edit]

Main article: BBC World Service

It is the world's largest international broadcaster Slogan = The BBC's international radio station

Temporary radio stations[edit]

BBC Radio 2 Eurovision[edit]

This station launched at 12:00 on 8 May 2014.

BBC Radio 2 Country[edit]

Main article: BBC Radio 2 Country

BBC Radio 5 Live Olympics Extra[edit]

An additional station to BBC Radio 5 Live and 5 Live Sports Extra.

BBC Music Jazz[edit]

A new pop-up station with Jazz FM launching on 14th November.

Regional radio stations[edit]

English local radio stations[edit]


East Midlands[edit]



North East & Cumbria[edit]

North West[edit]


South East[edit]

South West[edit]


West Midlands[edit]

Former Stations[edit]

See also[edit]

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