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It's Carnival all the way with BBC London 94.9FM

BBC London will provide the Notting Hill Carnival, Europe's greatest street festival, with the best insider's guide to getting the most out of Carnival.

BBC London is Carnival 2003's official broadcast and online media partner - on radio on 94.9FM, on TV on BBC ONE, and online at

In a unique partnership with BBC 1Xtra, BBC London 94.9FM will broadcast the greatest coverage of the greatest Carnival with more than 50 hours of Carnival related coverage over the Bank Holiday weekend.

The partnership with 1Xtra means that during Carnival nights 1Xtra will be simulcasting on BBC London 94.9FM and BBC London 94.9FM will also be broadcasting key Carnival moments on 1Xtra.

Mike Macfarlane, Executive Editor at BBC London, says: "Once again we are at the heart of Carnival and this year our coverage will be even bigger and better than ever before, on TV, on radio and online.

"We'll be giving live round the clock coverage of carnival on BBC London 94.9FM and in partnership with IXtra, on, and on BBC London News.

"BBC London has London's best travel service based in Carnival control room to give Londoners up-to-the-minute know-how, and with Norman Jay and the Good Times bus heading BBC London 94.9's cast of Carnival essentials everyone can enjoy the spirit of Carnival across the airwaves.

BBC London's coverage includes:

the best online coverage of carnival with the essential route map (downloadable from early August);

an insider's guide on what to do;

the history of carnival;

background to this year's participants and video diaries.

Get ready for Carnival with the online survival guide at

Monday 18 to Sunday 24 August on BBC London 94.9FM

Special features look at the preparations and stories in the run up to Europe's largest carnival as well as the Carnival Minute - the insiders view of preparing for Carnival.

There will be live coverage of Panorama as the steel bands battle for the coveted title of Notting Hill Champions of Steel.

Eddie Nestor and Jumoke Fashola join Henry Bonsu, Rankin Miss P, Norman Jay and Smokey Joe (both Norman and Smokey are appearing live at Carnival) with top guests, the best music and links to the BBC's team of reporters across Carnival.

Highlights of BBC London 94.9FM’s Carnival coverage include:

Saturday 23 August

Midnight–2.00am: Pre-Carnival Party with Trinidadian Soca stars Machel Montano & Xtatik in concert. Simulcast with 1Xtra

2.00-6.00am: Specialist Carnival music programmes. Simulcast with 1Xtra

Sunday 24 August

BBC London's comprehensive coverage of Carnival including all the colour and excitement of Children's Day.

BBC London 94.9FM brings live reporting from Carnival throughout the afternoon and evening from the BBC London Carnival team.

Noon–3.00pm: BBC London 94.9's Smokey Joe presents the best of Soca on 1Xtra's The Basement (1Xtra only)

9.00pm-midnight: Norman Jay's legendary Carnival club night

Midnight-1.00am: Panorama highlights. Simulcast with 1Xtra

1.00-3.00am: International Sounds of Soca with DJ Slic. Simulcast with 1Xtra

3.00-6.00am: Specialist Carnival music programmes. Simulcast with 1Xtra

Monday 25 August

BBC London 94.9 will be broadcasting live from Carnival throughout the day and evening, bringing up to the minute reports, news and views and hearing direct from Carnival organisers and revellers on what makes this a unique event in the European calendar.

5.00-7.00pm: Live from Norman Jay's Good Times Bus. Simulcast with 1Xtra

Online - brings you the sights and sounds of carnival as it happens including broadcasts from Norman Jay's Good Times Bus and the Carnival Judging point.

Travel - to find the easiest way to get to Carnival, or even to avoid it, BBC London is your source for all carnival travel information on 94.9FM.

BBC London's team of travel reporters will be giving you the very latest information every half an hour.

Online you'll find jam cams, the latest road and public transport information, email and text alerts - all updated 24 hours a day.

BBC London News on BBC ONE offers highlights of Carnival in bulletins throughout the day.



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