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BBC Radio 4 has more than 10 million weekly listeners, and so the second most popular radio in the United Kingdom right after the BBC Radio 2, but it leads the race for the audience in London, and in the South of England. BBC Radio 4 almost completely leaves out music programmes, so works with almost solely speech related programmes, it pursues a deeper insight into a more thoughtful viewpoint through world politics, domestic politics, journalism, and keep up the diversity with refreshing comedy, and gripping readings and drama, but the arts, science, and history topics are also the parts of the talkative programme structure. For actual use, the station offers shipping forecasts, news, and weather reports regularly. At night, from 1:00am to 5:20am, BBC World Service’s selection takes place.
The breakfast show slot is filled with "Today" programme, which is the most popular in the schedule of BBC Radio 4. On weekdays from 6am to 9am and on Saturdays from 7am to 9am Today brings national and international news and affairs, sports, and weather under the scope. Furthermore Today has a three-minute slot around 7:45am for the "Thought for the Day", which is an inspirational thought pack from religious thinkers. Most of the existing religions are represented in this block, and most times the broadcasted thought has some context with one of the main events of the day. "Today" programme's presenters are Justin Webb, Martha Kearney, Mishal Husain and Nick Robinson.

BBC Radio 4's 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 availability: You can follow BBC Radio 4 on the traditional FM analogue radio way, on 92-95 FM, and on 103-105 FM in the territory of the United Kingdom. There is long wave availability of the BBC Radio 4 on 198 LW, and a restricted medium wave availability - For the detailed MW allocation check the Frequencies section below and the Frequency Map! BBC Radio 4 is also available on the digital ways, we recommend the online radio stream via the internet.

DAB Digital Radio: BBC Radio 4, BBC R4, Radio 4 (UK)

Freeview: Channel 704 (broadcasting only the FM schedule)
Freesat: Channel 704 for FM schedule, 710 for LW schedule
Sky: Channel 0104 for FM schedule, 0143 for LW schedule
Virgin: Channel 904 for FM schedule, 911 for LW schedule

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01:00 - Selection of BBC World Service Programmes
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05:20 - Shipping Forecast
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05:30 - News Briefing
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05:43 - Bells on Sunday
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05:43 - Prayer for the Day
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05:45 - Four Thought
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06:00 - News and Papers
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06:07 - Open Country
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06:30 - Farming Today
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06:57 - Weather
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09:00 - Saturday Live
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14:00 - Any Answers?
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16:15 - Woman's Hour
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