Digital Radio

A summer of great music and sport with Digital Radio

What is digital radio?

If you love'll love the benefits of digital listening:

  • More of what you love: more radio stations catering for fans of all types of music, sport and chat.
  • Exclusive coverage, more in-depth interviews and discussions.
  • Better reception: no hiss, crackle, fading or station overlap that you get with AM or even FM radio.
  • Easy and quick tuning: no need to remember frequencies, fiddle with a dial to get a good signal, or retune your car radio to find national stations when on the move.
  • Display screen on the radio: gives you information about what you're listening to (such as song details, news headlines, email addresses).  

What can I listen to on Digital Radio?

All of our national BBC radio stations are available on digital radio and Radio 1Xtra, Radio 4 Extra, 5 live Sports Extra and 6 Music are digital only stations which can’t be accessed via an analogue radio.  

How do I get digital radio?

You can listen to digital radio in a number of ways:

On a digital radio set, as with traditional sets, there are many kinds to choose from – portable, hand-held, hi-fi tuners, car radios, etc. Please check that you can receive digital radio in your area by entering your postcode in the box below. The BBC national radio stations are available to 94% of the UK population.

  • Digital TV: all digital TV platforms (digital terrestrial, satellite, cable, broadband)
  • Online: with speakers or headphones plugged into your computer, laptop or tablet.
  • Mobile: listen to all the BBC stations with the BBC iPlayer Radio app.
  • On the Move: There are also a range of digital radios for your car. Some manufacturers offer a digital radio as standard and others may offer it is an option. You can also purchase a small adaptor which can be fitted to your dashboard and connects to your existing radio. Some radios will require professional installation. Always check with your car dealer/retailer, or visit for more information.

What is DAB and can I receive it?

This stands for Digital Audio Broadcasting (the name of the system). To listen, you need a DAB digital radio - you can't receive digital only stations on a traditional FM/AM radio. Currently, around 94% of the UK can receive DAB digital radio. To find out if your area is covered, use the postcode checker on this page.  The next phase of the BBC’s digital radio network coverage plan will bring 2 million people into the coverage area with an additional 162 transmitters. This will extend and improve coverage of the BBC’s national radio stations on DAB from 93% to 97% of the UK population by the end of 2015.

Postcode checker (DAB)

Check if you can receive digital radio by entering your postcode into the box below and click "submit". The results will be displayed via the Digital Radio industry "Get Digital Radio" website.