Last updated: 6 april, 2011 - 13:51 GMT

Listening in Europe

Local stations

A number of local radio stations in continental Europe broadcast the BBC World Service on FM or AM frequencies. This may be our 24-hour English service, or selected programming broadcast along with the stations' own output.

Find out if we broadcast on radio where you are from our click schedules page.


In some countries, notably Germany, The Netherlands, Denmark, Switzerland and Austria, BBC World Service can be heard on cable FM frequencies in many cities. Contact your local cable network to see if BBC World Service is one of the channels on offer.

In France, BBC World Service is available via CanalSat and in Greece and Cyprus via Multichoice Hellas.


Free-to-air from Eutelsat Hot Bird 8at 13° East, transponder 50, vertical polarisation, 11727 MHz, Service ID 13907. Hot Bird 8 services cover the whole of Europe, including the Canary Islands, Madeira and the Azores, Iceland, western Greenland and Malta.

Short-wave radio

Direct short-wave transmissions for Europe have now ceased.

Medium and long wave radio

Medium wave frequency 648 kHz closed on 27 March, 2011.

click Information about 648 kHz transmission closure

Long wave frequency 198 kHz normally carries BBC World Service between 0100 and 0530 GMT in winter, 0000 and0430 GMT in summer (and the BBC's domestic channel BBC Radio 4 at other times). Although this is a BBC Radio 4 frequency intended to serve the UK, 198 kHz is usually audible in parts of countries bordering the North Sea and English Channel.

Medium-wave frequencies 1260 kHz covering the Moscow and St Petersburg areas and 666 kHz in Ekaterinburg also closed on 27 March, 2011.

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