About Radio 3

BBC Radio 3 Help and Advice

Listening to Radio 3

Radio 3 is broadcast in the UK on 90 - 93FM, on Digital Radio and via digital TV. Radio 3 is also broadcast online both within the UK and internationally. It is possible to listen to the last 7 days of Radio 3 broadcasts in HD Sound via Radio 3 programme pages or BBC iPlayer. An increasing number of programmes are permanently available online.

For more information see the How to Listen page.

Questions about Radio 3

For general enquiries see Radio 3 - Frequently Asked Questions

 

Contacting Radio 3 Programmes

See the Contact Radio 3 page.

FAQ

Answers to frequently asked questions

How can I listen to Radio 3?

You can listen to Radio 3 on FM, digital radio, digital TV or online - and you can listen to downloads on mp3 players.

See the How To Listen page for more information.

How do I contact a Radio 3 programme?

Please visit the Contact Radio 3 page to find full contact details for each programme.

How to make a complaint

The BBC has a system for dealing with complaints from our audience. To ensure your complaint reaches the right person, all complaints about the BBC, our programmes and services should be sent via the BBC Complaints site.

How to Listen

How can I listen to BBC Radio 3?

Radio 3 is broadcast in the UK on 90 - 93FM, on Digital Radio and via digital TV. Radio 3 is also broadcast online both within the UK and internationally. It is possible to listen to the last 7 days of Radio 3 broadcasts in HD Sound via Radio 3 programme pages. An increasing number of programmes are permanently available - see Radio 3 Online Archives below.

How to get Radio 3 on your radio or TV

Please visit the BBC 's TV and Radio Reception web page.

How to listen online

Please visit the iPlayer Help Page or see HD Sound below.

How to listen on MP3 players

For general advice, see the BBC's Podcast Help page.

Which Radio 3 programmes can I download?

See the Radio 3 Downloads page.

HD Sound

Radio 3 is the first BBC radio station to offer 'HD' quality streams for both live and on demand listening.

What is HD Sound?

HD sound means High Definition sound.

Sound reaches our ears via analogue sound waves. However processing these sound waves electronically tends to distort their original shape. Modern digital processing is much less distorting. The conversion of an analogue signal to a digital signal is achieved by sampling the sound waves. We are now delivering the sampled 'HD' sound at a rate of 320 kb/s (AAC), which delivers more audio information and results in better sound, compared to the previous rate of 192 kb/s.

What is the best way of listening to Radio 3 HD?

If you listen on the small speakers built into a laptop you're unlikely to notice a big difference, but if your computer is connected to a good-quality sound system or high-quality headphones we think you'll appreciate the extra clarity and detail in the sound.

Can I hear 'Listen again' in HD too?

Yes, both live and on demand streams are now available in HD.

What do I do if it doesn't work?

If you have problems listening to the HD stream, you should try the 'Low Bandwith' setting on the iPlayer.

Why do I occasionally lose the stream?

This live stream requires more bandwidth than the original stream. If your bandwidth drops because someone else is using your internet connection, the stream may falter and start to buffer. Buffering is an automatic process when the computer stores extra data (filling the buffer) before playing the audio.

Having more audio data in the computer's memory than are actually needed at each precise moment compensates for momentary delays in transmission from the source. If the stream fails completely, either go to the 'Low Bandwidth' stream as above, or restart the player.

Radio 3 Online Archives

Where rights permit, some Radio 3 programmes are available as audio archives. They can be found via the 'Episodes' tab on the programme pages.

Archived programmes include selected editions of:

Andy Kershaw

Belief

Composer of the Week (podcast version - see the Clips tab on the CotW programme pages)

Discovering Music (see Episodes and Clips)

Free Thinking

The John Tusa Interviews

The Lebrecht Interview

Music Feature

Music Matters

Music Planet

Night Waves

Proms Plus

Sunday Feature

Symphony Question Time

Twenty Minutes

World Routes

Contact

How to contact BBC Radio 3

You may find the information you need on the Radio 3 programme webpages, so please check these before you write in. Otherwise please see the contact details below.

To comment or enquire about other BBC programmes or services, visit the About the BBC website.

Facebook

Join us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/BBCRadio3

Twitter

Tweet us at @bbcradio3 on the Official BBC Radio 3 Twitter profile.

Complaints

The BBC has a system for dealing with complaints from our audience. All complaints about the BBC, our programmes and services should be sent via our Complaints Site.

Questions about Radio

For general enquiries please see Help: Radio 3 Frequently Asked Questions.

For more information see the Help: How to Listen page.

You can call 03700 100 300. (03700 calls cost no more than 01 and 02 geographic landline numbers and are included in discount packages for both fixed-line and mobile phones).

You can also write to our programmes using the following address, or via the links below:

 

Programme Name

Radio 3,

BBC Broadcasting House,

London W1A 1AA

 

Afternoon on 3

Email: afternoonon3@bbc.co.uk

Call: 03700 100 300

 

Between the Ears

Email: between.the.ears@bbc.co.uk

Call: 03700 100 300

 

Breakfast

Email: 3breakfast@bbc.co.uk

Twitter: Tweet us @BBCRadio3 or find Radio 3 on Facebook

Text: 83111 [Texts are charged at standard network rate (10 to 12p). These are not covered by free text message bundles.]

Write: BBC Radio 3 Breakfast

Room 1015 Broadcasting House

Portland Place

LONDON W1A 1AA

Please note: Playlists for Monday to Friday are available online by midday after each broadcast. Playlists for Saturday and Sunday are available online by midday the following Monday.

 

CD Review

Email: cdreview@bbc.co.uk

 

The Choir

Email: thechoir@bbc.co.uk

Call: 03700 100 300

Write: BBC Radio 3 The Choir

BBC Wales

Cardiff

CF5 2YQ

 

Choral Evensong

Email: choral.evensong@bbc.co.uk

Call: 03700 100 300

Write: Choral Evensong

BBC Radio 3

1st Floor

Dock House

Media City UK

Salford

M50 2LH

 

Composer of the Week

Email: composer.of.the.week@bbc.co.uk

Call: 03700 100 300

Write: BBC Radio 3 Composer of the Week

BBC Wales

Cardiff

CF5 2YQ

 

Discovering Music

Email: discovering.music@bbc.co.uk

Call: 03700 100 300

Write: BBC Radio 3 Discovering Music

BBC Wales

Cardiff

CF5 2YQ

 

Drama on 3

Email: sunday.play@bbc.co.uk

 

The Early Music Show

Email: theearlymusicshow@bbc.co.uk

Call: 03700 100 300

 

The Essay

Email: theessay@bbc.co.uk

Call: 03700 100 300

 

Essential Classics

Email: essentialclassics@bbc.co.uk

Text: 83111 (texts will cost 10p to 12p depending on the network)

 

Free Thinking

Email: FreeThinking@bbc.co.uk

 

Geoffrey Smith's Jazz

Email: gsj@bbc.co.uk

 

Hear and Now

Email: hear.and.now@bbc.co.uk

Call: 03700 100 300

 

In Tune

Email: in.tune@bbc.co.uk

Twitter: Tweet us @BBCInTune or find Radio 3 on Facebook

Write: In Tune

BBC Radio 3

Broadcasting House

London

W1A 1AA

 

Jazz Line-Up

Email: jazzlineup@bbc.co.uk

 

Jazz on 3

Email: jazzon3@bbc.co.uk

 

Jazz Record Requests

Email: jazz.record.requests@bbc.co.uk

Fax: 020 7765 5052

Write: Jazz Record Requests

BBC Radio 3

Broadcasting House

London

W1A 1AA

 

Late Junction

Email: late.junction@bbc.co.uk

Write: Late Junction

BBC Radio 3

Broadcasting House

London

W1A 1AA

 

The Lebrecht Interviews

Email: lebrecht@bbc.co.uk

 

Live in Concert and Sunday Concert

Email: liveinconcert@bbc.co.uk

Tweet: @BBCRadio3

 

Lunchtime Concert

Email: lunchtime.concert@bbc.co.uk

Call: 03700 100 300

 

Music Matters

Email: musicmatters@bbc.co.uk

 

New Generation Artists

Email: nga@bbc.co.uk

 

Opera on 3

Email: opera.on.3@bbc.co.uk

Call: 03700 100 300

Write: Opera on 3

BBC Radio 3

Broadcasting House

London

W1A 1AA

 

Private Passions

Email: privatepassions@bbc.co.uk

Call: 03700 100 300

 

BBC Proms

Email: proms@bbc.co.uk

 

Saturday Classics

Email: saturdayclassics@bbc.co.uk

Call: 03700 100 300

 

Sunday Feature

Email: sundayfeatures@bbc.co.uk

Call: 03700 100 300

 

Sunday Morning With...

Email: sundaymorning@bbc.co.uk

 

Through the Night

Email: throughthenight@bbc.co.uk

Write: Through the Night

2045 Broadcasting House

Portland Place

London

W1A 1AA

 

Twenty Minutes

Email: twentyminutes@bbc.co.uk

 

The Verb

Email: theverb@bbc.co.uk

 

Words and Music

Email: wordsandmusic@bbc.co.uk

Call: 03700 100 300

Write: Words and Music

BBC Broadcasting House

London

W1A 1AA

 

World on 3

Email: worldon3@bbc.co.uk

Call: 03700 100 300

Write: World on 3

1015 Broadcasting House

Portland Place

London

W1A 1AA