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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, making it the second most popular radio station in the United Kingdom, just behind BBC Radio 2. The station primarily focuses on speech-related programmes, with very limited music content. Its programming delves into in-depth perspectives on world politics, domestic politics, journalism, and offers diversity through refreshing comedy, compelling readings, and drama. Additionally, topics in arts, science, and history are integral parts of its engaging programme structure. Radio 4 regularly provides shipping forecasts, news updates, and weather reports. During the night, from 1:00am to 5:20am, BBCR4 broadcasts a selection from BBC World Service. The breakfast show on BBC Radio 4 is the immensely popular "Today" programme, airing on weekdays from 6am to 9am, and on Saturdays from 7am to 9am. "Today" covers national and international news, as well as sports. Furthermore, the "Thought for the Day", which features inspirational thoughts from religious thinkers, is included in the programme, typically around 7:45am. Presenters of the "Today" programme include 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 FMAberdeen - 1449 MW, 95.3 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 - 93.2 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 FM
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News about BBC Radio 4

BBC Radio 4 Reith lecturer announced as Ben Ansell for 2023
This year’s BBC Radio 4 Reith lecturer has been announced as Ben Ansell, Professor of Comparative Democratic Institutions at Nuffield College, University of Oxford.More >> - 12.09.2023
BBC to create four new commissioning roles in Network Radio
Four new roles are being created across BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 5 Live in Commissioning.More >> - 12.09.2023
Radio 4 to celebrate 100 years of audio drama with special programmes
To celebrate 100 years of audio drama, BBC Radio 4 is to broadcast a series of new dramas across September, with more announced later this year.More >> - 01.09.2023
Tributes paid to Michael Parkinson who has died aged 88
Sir Michael Parkinson’s family have confirmed that the broadcaster has passed away at the age of 88 years.More >> - 17.08.2023
Comedian Jon Holmes to present special documentary on Radio 4
The Skewer’s Jon Holmes is writing and presenting his first File on Four documentary for BBC Radio 4 on the scandal of forced adoption.More >> - 02.08.2023
BBC Radio 4 to air six Friday Night Comedy specials
Six topical comedy specials are to air in Radio 4’s Friday Night Comedy slot with established talent and rising stars. It will feature new programmes from the likes of Rachel Parris, who will kick off the series with a range of comic characters including digital stars Rosie Holt and...More >> - 05.07.2023
BBC Radio 4 supports new production talent with five pioneering dramas
BBC Radio 4 will showcase a week-long series of new audio dramas as part of its commitment to support new and emerging talent. The line-up features a range of voices fresh to Radio 4 drama, ranging from new writers, directors, producers, and other talent...More >> - 23.06.2023
BBC’s coverage of Glastonbury includes Radio 4 being there this year!
Plans for the BBC’s coverage of the Glastonbury Festival have been announced and even Radio 4 will be there. It takes place from Wednesday 21 – Sunday 25 June with performances from Arctic Monkeys, Guns N’ Roses, Elton John, Lizzo, Blondie, Fatboy Slim, Fred Again.., Kelis, Lewis Capaldi...More >> - 31.05.2023
More details announced regarding BBC Radio 4 long wave switch off
Trails have started running on BBC Radio 4 LW advising listeners about the upcoming closure of the 198 frequency. This follows the announcement in May 2022 that the BBC is to stop scheduling separate content for Radio 4 LW in anticipation of the closure of the LW platform...More >> - 29.05.2023

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BBC Radio 4's programmes25

00:00 - Midnight News
The latest news and weather forecast from BBC Radio 4.
00:15 - Thinking Allowed
Guns: from gun sellers in the US to the impact of the gun on human progress.
00:45 - Bells on Sunday
St Edward’s Church in Eggbuckland in Devon
Bells on Sunday comes from St Edward’s Church in Eggbuckland in Devon.
00:48 - Shipping Forecast
The latest weather reports and forecasts for UK shipping
01:00 - Selection of BBC World Service Programmes
World Service
BBC Radio 4 joins the BBC World Service.
05:20 - Shipping Forecast
The latest weather reports and forecasts for UK shipping
05:30 - News Briefing
National and international news from BBC Radio 4
05:43 - Prayer for the Day
Spiritual reflection with Fiona Stewart, a writer who runs a Christian arts charity.
05:45 - Farming Today
25/09/23 Services for young people in rural areas; Lib Dems and farming; Nature writing
Youth services in rural areas. Lib Dem vision for farming and environment. Nature writing.
05:56 - Weather
The latest weather forecast for farmers.
05:58 - Tweet of the Day
Peter Cranswick on the Common Scoter
Peter Cranswick of the Slimbridge Wetland Centre on the common scoter.
06:00 - Today
News and current affairs, including Sports Desk, Weather and Thought for the Day.
09:00 - Start the Week
Contains Strong Language Festival in Leeds
Tom Sutcliffe with Lemn Sissay, Lebogang Mashile and Clare O’Dowd
09:45 - Great-Uncle Harry: A Tale of War and Empire by Michael Palin
Episode 1
1/5 Michael Palin tells the tale of his great-uncle, who was killed in the First World War.
10:00 - Woman's Hour
Women's voices and women's lives - topical conversations to inform, challenge and inspire.
11:00 - The Gift
3. Mistakes
A family must turn detective to find the couple who had IVF at the same time as them
11:30 - Analysis
How far should reparative justice go?
Zoe Strimpel weighs up the reparation claims for historical injustices like slavery.
12:00 - News Summary
The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.
12:04 - You and Yours
Probate Delays, Bus Regulation and Fresh Food Deserts
It is taking twice as long to get a grant of probate compared to last year. Why is that?
12:57 - Weather
The latest weather forecast
13:00 - World at One
Forty-five minutes of news, analysis and comment.
13:45 - Uncharted with Hannah Fry
1. The Returning Soldier
Why are more boys born in certain years? One researcher is on a quest to find out why.
14:00 - The Archers
Pip has the rug pulled from under her.
14:15 - This Cultural Life
Michael Rosen
Author and poet Michael Rosen reveals his formative creative influences and inspirations.
15:00 - Brain of Britain
Heat 7, 2023
The nationwide general knowledge contest chaired by Russell Davies
15:30 - The Food Programme
Abergavenny at 25
Abergavenny Food Festival: 25 Years and Counting
16:00 - History's Secret Heroes
6. The Mystery of Garbo
One of World War Two’s most successful double agents is finally revealed.
16:30 - Beyond Belief
Witches, Druids and Pagans
Aleem Maqbool speaks to Richard about his pagan spirituality.
17:00 - PM
Afternoon news and current affairs programme
18:00 - Six O'Clock News
The early evening national and international news from BBC Radio 4.
18:30 - Paul Sinha's Perfect Pub Quiz
Series 2, Episode 4
4/10 Paul Sinha tests an Ipswich audience on their hometown literary heroes. Contains anagrams.
19:00 - The Archers
Eddie’s fears escalate.
19:15 - Front Row
Philip Barantini on Boiling Point, The Archers cast on Lark Rise to Ambridge
Philip Barantini on Boiling Point, The Archers cast on Lark Rise to Ambridge.
20:00 - In the Jaws of Cerberus

Personal accounts of the Southern European heatwave heatwave from Spain, Italy and Greece.
20:30 - Crossing Continents
How a war has changed a Norwegian town
How once friendly relations between Norway and Russia have frozen in the far north.
21:00 - The Archbishop Interviews
Gabriel Byrne
Archbishop Justin Welby has conversations with public figures about their inner lives.
21:30 - Start the Week
Contains Strong Language Festival in Leeds
Tom Sutcliffe with Lemn Sissay, Lebogang Mashile and Clare O’Dowd
22:00 - The World Tonight
In depth reporting, intelligent analysis and breaking news from a global perspective
22:45 - The Secret Hours by Mick Herron
Episode 6
6/10 Agent Alison North testifies about her spell in Berlin, in 1994.
23:00 - Sound Towns
East Neuk of Fife
Origin stories of the UK's most vital musical moments. Now, East Neuk in Fife...
23:30 - Three Faces of WH Auden
Episode 1
A major three part series on the poet WH Auden begins with a look at his political work.