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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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Angry news reporter Jonathan Pie is to host a new podcast series on BBC Sounds, commissioned by BBC Radio 4. Known for his popular online rants on the world of politics, the podcast will see Pie confronted with the views of the general public in a brand-new late-night phone-in show...More >> - 17.05.2023
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Radio presenter Lauren Laverne speaks out for Sunderland
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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
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BBC Radio 4's programmes28

00:00 - Midnight News
The latest news and weather forecast from BBC Radio 4.
00:15 - Whose Truth Is It Anyway?
Memoir and Me
Damian Barr explores reality, truth and fiction in literature - beginning with memoir.
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 - Bells on Sunday
St Magnus the Martyr in the City of London
Bells on Sunday comes from St Magnus the Martyr in the City of London.
05:45 - Profile
Jesse Armstrong
The creator of the critically acclaimed and multi-award winning Succession TV series.
06:00 - News Summary
The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4
06:05 - Something Understood
For Pentecost, Mark Tully explores the process of translation.
06:35 - On Your Farm
A Future for Flax?
Could a revival of flax growing help industry meet its net zero targets?
06:57 - Weather
The latest weather reports and forecast
07:00 - News and Papers
The latest news headlines. Including a look at the papers.
07:10 - Sunday
Child abuse, Ron DeSantis, Celebration Day
William Crawley takes a look at the ethical and religious issues of the week.
07:54 - Radio 4 Appeal
National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
Robert Lindsay makes the Radio 4 Appeal on behalf of the NSPCC
07:57 - Weather
The latest weather forecast
08:00 - News and Papers
The latest news headlines. Including a look at the Sunday papers.
08:10 - Sunday Worship
Pentecost Sunday - Creator Spirit
A reflection for Pentecost Sunday, led by the Rev Dr Stephen Wigley.
08:48 - A Point of View
Taking Hammer to Gill
Howard Jacobson says an attack on Eric Gill's sculpture is a failure to understand art.
08:58 - Tweet of the Day
John Aitchison presents the chaffinch.
09:00 - Broadcasting House
The Sunday morning news magazine programme. Presented by Paddy O'Connell
10:00 - The Archers Omnibus
Helen fears the worst, and Oliver makes a surprising offer.
11:15 - Desert Island Discs
Ronnie O'Sullivan, snooker player
Ronnie O'Sullivan, snooker player, shares the soundtrack of his life.
12:00 - News Summary
The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.
12:04 - Just a Minute
Series 91, 8. The Great Barrier Reef, Static Electricity and Pride and Prejudice
8/8 Sue Perkins hosts Radio 4's longest running panel show, Just a Minute.
12:32 - The Food Programme
The Awards Return
Get your entries in now for the BBC Food and Farming Awards 2023!
12:57 - Weather
The latest weather forecast
13:00 - The World This Weekend
Radio 4's look at the week's big stories from both home and around the world
13:30 - Conspiracies: The Secret Knowledge
Now What?
6/6 Phil Tinline explores the role of conspiracy, and conspiracy theory, in British politics.
14:00 - Gardeners' Question Time
Chelsea Flower Show 2023: Postbag Edition
Kathy Clugston and the gardening experts are at the Chelsea Flower Show.
14:45 - Opening Lines
A Room With a View - Episode 2
John Yorke explores EM Forster’s 1908 novel A Room with a View.
15:00 - Love Stories
A Room with a View: Episode Two
EM Forster's witty tale of love and liberation.
16:00 - Open Book
Guy Gunaratne, plus Literary Thefts with Rebecca Kuang and Andrew Lipstein
Johny Pitts talks to Guy Gunaratne about their new book Mister, Mister.
16:30 - Whose Truth Is It Anyway?
Fiction: True Lies
Damian Barr explores facts, truth and lies in fiction.
17:00 - File on 4
Sex Attacks in Hospitals
File on 4 investigates if enough is being done to keep hospital patients and staff safe.
17:40 - Profile
Jesse Armstrong
The creator of the critically acclaimed and multi-award winning Succession TV series.
17:54 - Shipping Forecast
The latest weather reports and forecasts for UK shipping
17:57 - Weather
The latest weather forecast
18:00 - Six O'Clock News
The early evening national and international news from BBC Radio 4
18:15 - Pick of the Week
Edward Adoo
Edward Adoo chooses his audio highlights of the week.
19:00 - The Archers
There’s trouble at the cricket.
19:15 - Mark Steel's in Town
Series 9, Malta
6/6 Comedian Mark Steel visits the island of Malta and performs a show for the local audience.
19:45 - On Portobello Prom
More Than Meets the Eye
4/5 Rosie realises there are hidden depths on the Prom.
20:00 - More or Less
NHS waiting lists, voter ID, and measuring divorce
A fall in those waiting longest for NHS treatment in England isn't telling the whole story
20:30 - Last Word
Tina Turner, Martin Amis, Leroy Cooper, Rolf Harris, Marlene Bauer Hagge
Matthew Bannister on a singer, an author, a photographer and a golfer.
21:00 - Money Box
Buy Now Pay Later and Mortgage Prisoners
Credit unions on the customers who already have multiple buy now, pay later loans.
21:25 - Radio 4 Appeal
National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
Robert Lindsay makes the Radio 4 Appeal on behalf of the NSPCC
21:30 - Loose Ends
Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Simon Day, Joseph Coelho, Dr Ranj Singh, Sweet Baboo, Panic Shack, Andrew O' Neill, Clive Anderson
Clive Anderson and guests with an eclectic mix of conversation, music and comedy.
22:00 - Westminster Hour
Radio 4's Sunday night political discussion programme.
23:00 - Moral Maze
How should we talk about suicide?
Live debate examining the moral issues behind one of the week's news stories.