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List of BBC radio stations

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 1
    • BBC Radio 1 1.1
    • BBC Radio 1Xtra 1.2
    • BBC Radio 2 1.3
    • BBC Radio 3 1.4
    • BBC Radio 4 1.5
    • BBC Radio 4 Extra 1.6
    • BBC Radio 5 Live 1.7
    • BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra 1.8
    • BBC Radio 6 Music 1.9
    • BBC Asian Network 1.10
    • BBC World Service 1.11
  • Temporary radio stations 2
    • BBC Radio 2 Eurovision 2.1
    • BBC Radio 2 Country 2.2
    • BBC Radio 5 Live Olympics Extra 2.3
  • Regional radio stations 3
  • English local radio stations 4
    • East 4.1
    • East Midlands 4.2
    • London 4.3
    • North 4.4
    • North East & Cumbria 4.5
    • North West 4.6
    • South 4.7
    • South East 4.8
    • South West 4.9
    • West 4.10
    • West Midlands 4.11
    • Former Stations 4.12
  • See also 5
  • External links 6

National radio stations

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

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.

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 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.

BBC Asian Network

BBC World Service

Temporary radio stations

BBC Radio 2 Eurovision

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

BBC Radio 2 Country

BBC Radio 5 Live Olympics Extra

Regional radio stations

English local radio stations


East Midlands



North East & Cumbria

North West


South East

South West


West Midlands

Former Stations

See also

External links

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