Listening to Radio 4
For information on the new iPlayer Radio launch and an opportunity to give feedback visit the iPlayer Radio Welcome page.
In the UK you can listen to Radio 4 in many ways: on a digital (DAB) or FM radio; on digital television; online through a computer; on a mobile phone; on an MP3 player.
Radio 4 can be found on the following channels, frequencies and websites:
- DAB Listed as "BBC Radio 4", "BBC R4", or "Radio 4"
- FM 92 - 95 FM, 103-105 FM
- LW 198 Long Wave
- MW Medium Wave is only available in some locations: London 720; Plymouth 774; Hayle (Cornwall) 756; Newcastle 603; Carlisle 1495; Aberdeen 1449; Enniskillen 774; Derry 720; Glasgow 720
- Freeview Channel 704 (FM schedule only - the LW schedule is not broadcast on Freeview) (more info)
- Freesat Channel 704 (FM schedule) and 710 (LW schedule)
- SkyTV Channel 0104 (FM schedule) and 0143 (LW schedule)
- Virgin Channel 904 (FM schedule) and 911 (LW schedule)
How can I listen online?
Listen live online, and listen to programmes broadcast in the past seven days at Radio 4's website (listen live by accessing the link in the top banner; catch up on a past programme by finding a programme in the schedule) or in the A-Z listing.
Long Wave disruption from March 2014
The BBC's Droitwich transmitter will be subject to daily shutdowns on BBC Radio 4 LW, between 10:00-17:30, from Saturday 29 March until Summer 2014. There will also be periods of reduced power for BBC Radio 5 Live MW. This is to enable engineers to work safely, while refurbishing the long wave antenna, and the two masts which support it.
Find further information about help with reception during the Droitwich planned work
LW listen live is available here:
Long wave Listen Live
Long Wave programmes are not available to listen again on iPlayer Radio.
You may have noticed the appearance of the console that pops up when you click a 'listen' link has changed. This is because Radioplayer has launched. Radioplayer is a partnership between the BBC and UK Commercial Radio. Together we've developed a player that gives audiences a simple and consistent online listening experience. Radioplayer allows you to discover and listen to live and on demand radio from Ofcom licensed UK radio stations.
The Radioplayer console will pop up to play audio when you click to listen live or play listen again content on BBC Radio websites. It's similar in appearance to the previous BBC console with some new features including the ability to search for live and on demand radio from stations across the UK.
Find more information about Radioplayer here.
How can I listen on the move?
Listening on your Mobile Phone
If your mobile phone has an FM receiver, you can listen to Radio 4 on 92-95FM. If it has an MP3 player you can listen to podcasts of Radio 4 programmes.
Many Radio 4 programmes are available as podcasts or downloads, which you can listen to on any MP3 player (more info about podcasts). Downloads can be kept on your computer to listen to whenever you like.
Radio 4 podcasts can be found here - http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/podcasts/
For technical questions about Listening online please see the iPlayer Radio help pages.
Please note: Whilst the BBC does not charge for its mobile content, your operator's charges for using the internet over 3G may apply. Connecting via WiFi is recommended where possible.
Listen Live and Listen Again on the Internet
With BBC Radio Player you can:
- Listen live to BBC radio programmes as they are broadcast
- Listen again to BBC radio programmes for up to seven days after broadcast
To use iPlayer Radio, go to the Radio homepage or to any BBC radio station website.
For help with iPlayer, go to iPlayer Help.
Why can't I listen to a programme as soon as it finishes?
The system for making programmes available to 'listen again' online is automated. This automated system allows us to make all of our programmes available but there is a short period after broadcast, while the audio is encoded, before the programme appears online.
Programmes are normally available approximately 30 minutes after the end of transmission but occasionally it can take longer.
How long do programmes stay available to listen to online?
Most programmes are available to listen to on demand for seven days after broadcast.
Where rights and permissions have been agreed programmes can be made available on demand in perpetuity.
A full list of programmes are available on the Programmes A-Z.
If a programme is not available for longer than 7 days it could be due to rights restrictions.
I'm having problems listening to a Radio 4 programme on my computer
If you are having difficulties with listening online please check the iPlayer Radio Help pages to see if your technical questions are answered there.
Please note: The BBC does not control the technology that runs the internet. We cannot help with problems relating to audio, browsers, interruptions to audio streams etc.
What is a podcast and how can I podcast, or download, a Radio 4 programme?
A number of Radio 4 programmes are available to download. A download or podcast is an audio file that you can save to your computer or mp3 player. Many mobile phones also have this functionality. You can keep any programme you download on your device, to play whenever you like. You can keep these programmes permanently.
You can use iTunes or any other podcast software to manage your podcasts, or simply download individual programmes directly from the Radio 4 Website. Find details of how to download on the Radio 4 Podcasts page.
Can I listen from outside the UK?
You can listen to Radio 4 online anywhere in the world however there are some types of content where we are restricted from distributing overseas, usually because of sports rights. If this is the case then the live and on demand stream will be blocked to international audiences for the duration of that segment. International audiences will hear a message informing them of the rights restrictions in place.
You won't be able to pick up BBC stations broadcasting on FM, MW and DAB very far from UK shores. They are funded by the UK licence fee and the BBC is not permitted to re-broadcast them from other countries.
However, in some areas close to the UK (such as Ireland, France, Denmark, Belgium and Holland) it is possible to receive Radio 4 on 198 kHz long wave.
For more information please see the BBC Reception website.
I'm having problems with my Radio Reception, can you help?
Visit the BBC's Reception website for comprehensive information on both radio and TV reception. Persistent problems are likely to need help from an aerial specialist.
BBC Reception website