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About BBC Radio 4

Listen online to the internet radio of BBC Radio 4 live, which has more than 10 million weekly listeners, thus the second most popular radio in the United Kingdom right after the BBC Radio 2. The station almost completely leaves out music programmes, so broadcasts almost solely speech related programmes, it pursues a deeper insight into a more thoughtful viewpoint through world politics, domestic politics, journalism, and keeps up the diversity with refreshing comedy, and gripping readings and drama, but the arts, science, and history topics are also parts of the talkative programme structure. The station offers shipping forecasts, news, and weather reports regularly. At night, from 1:00am to 5:20am, a selection from BBC World Service is broadcasted.
The breakfast show of BBC Radio Four is the "Today" programme, which is the most popular in the schedule of the broadcaster. On weekdays from 6am to 9am and on Saturdays from 7am to 9am Today brings national and international news and affairs and sports 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, Nick Robinson and Amol Rajan

BBC Radio 4 slogan: "Funny, fascinating, surprising, moving, informative... All the time"

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BBC Radio 4 frequencies

Aberdare area - 104.7 FMAberdeenshire - 95.3 FMAberfeldy - 103.9 FMAbergavenny - 93.1 FMAbersychan - 92.9 FMAbertillery - 93.4 FMAlexandria - 104.1 FMAmbleside - 92.7 FMAnglesey - 103.6 FMAngus - 94.9 FMAxminster - 93.9 FMAyrshire - 104.3 FMBakewell - 94.2 FMBallachulish - 94.7 FMBallycastle - 94.7 FMBarmouth area - 104.8 FMBarnoldswick area - 94.1 FMBasingstoke - 94.5 FMBath - 93.4 FMBeds - 94.5 FMBelfast - 720 MWBerks - 93.9 FMBerwick-upon-Tweed - 93.0 FMBetws-y-Coed - 104.9 FMBexhill - 94.6 FMBlaenavon - 92.9 FMBlairgowrie - 95.5 FMBodmin area - 93.2 FMBorder coast - 104.6 FMBorder Region - 103.9 FMBradford - 92.9 FMBrecon - 104.7 FMBrighton - 94.5 FMBristol - 93.7 FMBristol area - 94.3 FMBucks - 93.9 FMBurnley - 94.6 FMBuxton - 94.4 FMCalne - 92.6 FMCambridge area - 93.3 FMCambs - 94.5 FMCampbeltown - 95.2 FMCarlisle - 1485 MWCarmarthen - 95.5 FMCarmarthenshire - 92.8 FMCaterham - 94.1 FMCentral Lancashire - 93.0 FMCentral Northern Ireland - 96.0 FM
You can listen to the broadcast on the traditional analogue radio on 92-95 FM, and on 103-105 FM, and on several MW frequencies. The digital solutions like DAB Digital Radio and DigitalTV are also available, we recommend the online radio stream.
DigitalTV: Freeview - Channel 704 (FM schedule)
Freesat - Channel 704 (FM schedule) and Channel 710 (LW schedule)
SkyTV - Channel 0104 (FM schedule) and Channel 0143 (LW schedule)
Virgin - Channel 904 (FM schedule) and Channel 911 (LW schedule)
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News about BBC Radio 4

Radio presenter Lauren Laverne speaks out for Sunderland
Lauren Laverne, an honorary graduate at the University of Sunderland, is helping showcase the University in a new promotional video. The Sunderland-born broadcaster voices the video, ‘Think Sunderland’, which celebrates the University’s career-focused courses, facilities, inclusive and culture and everything the city has to offer. Lauren, host of the BBC Radio 6 Breakfast Show and Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs...More >> - 15.11.2021
Dominic O’Connell joins Times Radio as Business Correspondent
Times Radio has signed Dominic O’Connell as its first Business Correspondent. Dominic joins the NewsUK station on Monday 1 November to provide business reporting from 6am every weekday morning. He previously worked as a business presenter on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, and prior to that was the Business Editor of the Sunday Times...More >> - 22.10.2021
BBC wins Broadcaster of the Year at New York Festivals Awards
The BBC has won Broadcaster of the Year at the New York Festivals Radio Awards. Most of the Gold Awards went to the BBC or to independent producers working on BBC programmes. Across its radio networks, the BBC collected 14 Gold awards, 7 Silver and 10 Bronze with podcast series’ including I’m Not A Monster, Where Is George Gibney and Fight Of The Century all picking up several each...More >> - 13.10.2021
Think With Pinker series and podcast coming to BBC Radio 4
Psychologist Professor Steven Pinker is to examine how we can harness rational thinking in a new programme for BBC Radio 4. Think With Pinker is a 12-part series and podcast with guests including Bill Gates, Daniel Kahneman and Hannah Fry. The series will explore questions such as: Whether we should trust intuition or algorithms; how the brain tricks us into seeing patterns in randomness; why the desire to...More >> - 23.09.2021
Cery Matthews to co- host Radio 4 music programme
A new BBC Radio 4 music programme, Add To Playlist, co-hosted by Cerys Matthews and Jeffrey Boakye, will explore music through surprising connections between songs and artists. This comes as Radio 4 increases its arts programming, which will also see Ellen E Jones and Mark Kermode co-hosting a new film show, Screenshot and John Wilson hosting This Cultural Life, featuring in-depth interviews with the most...More >> - 12.09.2021
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BBC Radio 4’s live arts programme Front Row is to be extended to 45 minutes and three new shows are being introduced. A new film show, Screenshot, co-hosted by Ellen E Jones and Mark Kermode, will take listeners on a fresh journey through film and screen culture. A new music programme, Add To Playlist, co-hosted by Cerys Matthews and Jeffrey Boakye, will explore...More >> - 12.09.2021
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Local and regional radio stations including Capital, Heart, TFM and BBC Radio Tees have lost their analogue FM services around North Yorkshire following a fire at the Bilsdale mast. National stations Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3, Radio 4 and Classic FM along with local DAB services on the MuxCo multiplexes are also suffering from reduced coverage in the area. Freeview services carried by the site are also off-air...More >> - 10.08.2021
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Broadcaster, comedian and writer Sue Perkins is the next host of BBC Radio 4’s Just a Minute programme. As a recent guest host and 58-time panellist, Sue takes the host’s chair for the 87th series of Just a Minute, to keep in check fellow long-time participants Paul Merton, Gyles Brandreth and many more all bringing their linguistic A-game to proceedings...More >> - 20.07.2021
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BBC Radio 4's programmes31

00:00 - Midnight News
The latest news and weather forecast from BBC Radio 4.
00:30 - Humanly Possible by Sarah Bakewell
Episode 4 - Darwin, Huxley and scientific humanism.
4/5 Sarah Bakewell turns to Darwin's ground-breaking work and its contribution to humanism.
00:48 - Shipping Forecast
The latest weather reports and forecasts for UK shipping.
01:00 - Selection of BBC World Service Programmes
A selection of BBC World Service news and current affairs, arts and science programmes.
05:20 - Shipping Forecast
The latest weather reports and forecasts for UK shipping.
05:30 - News Briefing
The latest news from BBC Radio 4
05:43 - Prayer for the Day
A spiritual comment and prayer to begin the day with the Rt Rev Dr Rosemarie Mallett.
05:45 - Farming Today
31/03/23 Trans-Pacific trade deal; "green day" policies; TB in Wales; SNP cabinet reshuffle; recycling shotgun cartridges
Trans-Pacific trade deal; net zero plan; TB in Wales; SNP cabinet; recycling cartridges.
05:58 - Tweet of the Day
Tiffany Francis on the Yellowhammer
Tiffany Francis recalls her encounters with yellowhammers.
06:00 - Today
News and current affairs, including Sports Desk, Weather and Thought for the Day.
09:00 - Desert Island Discs
Dara Ó Briain, comedian and television presenter
Dara Ó Briain, comedian, shares the soundtrack of his life with Lauren Laverne.
09:45 - Humanly Possible by Sarah Bakewell
Episode 5 - Humanism is confronted by the rise of Fascism
5/5 Sarah Bakewell turns to humanism's response to the rise of fascism in the 20th century.
10:00 - Woman's Hour
Women's voices and women's lives - topical conversations to inform, challenge and inspire.
11:00 - The Battle for Liberal Democracy
Tom Fletcher examines how democracies can offer better opportunities than autocracies.
11:30 - Ability
Series 4, Girlfriend with Benefits
1/4 Matt is worried that Anna is becoming more carer than girlfriend.
12:00 - News Summary
The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.
12:04 - AntiSocial
Peace talk for the culture wars with Adam Fleming.
12:57 - Weather
The latest weather forecast
13:00 - World at One
Forty-five minutes of news, analysis and comment, with Jonny Dymond.
13:45 - Rental Health
Rental Health: Solutions, Singapore
As the cost of rent continues to rise across the UK, Kirsty Lang looks for some solutions.
14:00 - The Archers
Jim grills David for some key information, and why is Brian being so mysterious?
14:15 - Limelight
Who Killed Aldrich Kemp?, Who Killed Aldrich Kemp? - Chapter Two: The Man Who Sold the World
2/5 Clara finds herself back amongst friends - or does she?
14:45 - Understand: The Economy
Series 1, The Economy: 11. Pricing and discounting
How does pricing work, and when is a bargain really a bargain?
15:00 - Gardeners' Question Time
Postbag: Attingham Park
Horticultural programme featuring a group of gardening experts.
15:45 - Sunil Patel: An Idiot's Guide to Cryptocurrency
How to Make Your Own Cryptocurrency
In a last-ditch effort to get rich, comedian Sunil Patel creates his own cryptocurrency.
16:00 - Last Word
Paul O’Grady, Gordon Moore, Vera Selby, Simon Emmerson
Matthew Bannister on an entertainer, a tech entrepreneur, a snooker player and a musician.
16:30 - Feedback
The programme that holds the BBC to account on behalf of the radio audience
17:00 - PM
Afternoon news and current affairs programme
18:00 - Six O'Clock News
The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.
18:30 - The Now Show
Series 62, Episode 3
3/6 Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis present the week via topical stand-up and sketches.
19:00 - The Archers
Helen and Tom are at loggerheads, and Alice uncovers the truth.
19:15 - Add to Playlist
Isobel Waller-Bridge and Roderick Williams round off the series
Isobel Waller-Bridge and Roderick Williams add the final five tracks to the series.
20:00 - Any Questions?
Trudy Harrison MP, Jo Lappin MBE, Lisa Nandy MP, Tommy Sheppard MP
Alex Forsyth presents political debate from Victory Hall in Broughton-in-Furness, Cumbria.
20:50 - A Point of View
A weekly reflection on a topical issue from a range of contributors.
21:00 - National Health Stories
Omnibus 2
The series which traces decisive moments in the history of the NHS.
22:00 - The World Tonight
In-depth reporting, intelligent analysis and breaking news from a global perspective
22:45 - How One Becomes Lonely
Episode 5
5/5 Archie is left reeling after a bitter bust-up with 'credence' over his friend's misogyny.
23:00 - Americast
Americast delves into the issues and controversies that define the US as a nation
23:30 - Today in Parliament
All the news from today's sitting at Westminster.