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.


If you are having problems receiving HD Sound on your internet radio or connected hifi device as a result of the recent changes made in the BBC’s audio streams, cut and paste the following link and add it to your player or the stream list in your internet radio:

http://open.live.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/5/select/version/2.0/mediaset/http-icy-aac-lc-a/format/pls/vpid/bbc_radio_three.pls

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 by following the contact link on the programmes page or by using the following address:

 

Programme Name

Radio 3,

BBC Broadcasting House,

London W1A 1AA

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