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From 2005 you can listen to BBC Radio Leicester live here on the BBC Leicester website 24 hours a day. Read our user guide for the full details... And don't forget to have a go!

One of the questions we get asked most often is "Can I hear BBC Radio Leicester on this website?"

The answer is yes. From 2005 BBC Radio Leicester has been streamed on this website.

All you need to do is click on the 'BBC Radio Player' icon found in the top right hand corner of our homepage.

However, there are a few things you should know about the audio available.

Only 104.9FM

Firstly, the audio streamed is for 104.9FM and therefore occassionally, when BBC Radio Leicester is splitting frequencies you will only be able to hear what is coming through on this frequency.

Rights Issues

Unfortunately, due to rights issues we will have to 'blank out' the coverage on BBC Radio Leicester during certain events.

This includes our local radio football commentary.

Charles Runcie, Head of Sport for BBC English Regions, explains."The reason we cannot put our excellent local radio football commentaries on BBC sites is that the copyright for them is owned by the sports rights holder, the Football League.

"They effectively 'license' us to do radio commentaries, for which we pay annual fees direct to the clubs.

"The clubs themselves own the rights to put their audio commentaries of their matches on the internet, not the BBC.

"They have all chosen to sign a deal with a company that run their websites."

"When the BBC and a football club agree a commentary deal, reflected in this is the provision for a club to request to use this commentary on their website."

"The BBC is under no obligation to provide this, but usually does so at no cost to us."

"Nor does the BBC make any money from this - it is part of a contract with a football club."

"The Football League's website partner has recently developed technology to allow for "pay per view" elements of club websites - this is increasingly the case with websites worldwide."

"In difficult financial times for football clubs they must find additional revenue streams to finance the day-to-day running of the club, so they have decided to put not only internet commentaries for all their action, but video highlights, a searchable video archive and other video and audio news, interviews and features in a PPV part of their site."

So, in a nutshell, we cannot put commentary, goals or highlights on the site for you to listen to.

Have a go...

So, now have a go at listening to BBC Radio Leicester by clicking on the 'BBC Radio Player' icon found on the right hand side of this page. Or use the link below.

audio Click here to listen live to BBC Radio Leicester >
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last updated: 03/03/09
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