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About Radio 1

BBC Radio 1 plays the best new music and supports emerging talent. As well as Radio 1’s Live Lounge and the world famous Essential Mix, we’re home to the UK’s Official Chart and great DJs including Nick Grimshaw, Pete Tong, Clara Amfo and Annie Mac.

How to Listen

BBC Sounds app - Find out how to get the BBC Sounds app on your mobile device.
FM radio - Radio 1 is between 97-99 FM in the UK.
DAB radio is digital so no crackly reception!
Digital TV - there's several options. Freeview channel 700; Freesat channel 696; Sky TV (UK) channel 0101; Virgin Media channel 901; TalkTalk TV channel 600; UPC Ireland channel 907
Online - For all support listening online, please use BBC Sounds help.


We receive a lot of emails, texts and tweets each day and do our best to read them all, but we can’t promise to reply to them all individually. You can also join us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter: @bbcr1

If you want to contact a specific show or DJ go to their DJ page, and then click on "Contact" at the top of the page – please note however that some shows receive hundreds of emails a day and we will not always be able to respond.

Complaints: If you have a complaint about any aspect of the BBC, including our shows and services, please go to the BBC Complaints website.

Texting us: You can text us on 81199. Texts will not be included in your inclusive text bundles, and the exact cost of each message depends on your service provider - it is typically between 10 and 15 pence per message. MMS (Picture) messages may cost more - you should check with your service provider for exact details. Please make sure you take care when entering our number as some subscription services have similar numbers to ours.

Phone: If a DJ asks for callers or we are running competitions we usually use the number 03700 100 100 (standard geographic charges apply). At other times, sending a text or email is the best idea as the phone line is not always manned and your call is unlikely to be answered.

Post: You can send stuff to us at BBC Radio 1, London, W1A 1AA

Listening Online: If you are having a problem listening to Radio 1 online, please visit the BBC Sounds help page.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I send you my music to listen to?

The best way is through BBC Music Introducing. You need to upload it to the BBC Introducing website The music uploader is only for artists in the UK, please read all the terms and conditions.

There's lots more good advice on the BBC Introducing website.

What charts do you publish?

We currently publish 13 weekly music charts:

  • UK Top 40 Singles (updated live, 4-5:45pm Fri)
  • UK Top 40 Albums (updated live, 4-5:45pm Fri)
  • UK Top 40 Compilations (5:45pm Fri)
  • UK Top 40 Dance Singles (5:45pm Fri)
  • UK Top 40 Dance Albums (5:45pm Fri)
  • UK Top 40 Indie Singles (5:45pm Fri)
  • UK Top 40 Indie Albums (5:45pm Fri)
  • UK Top 40 RnB Singles (5:45pm Fri)
  • UK Top 40 RnB Albums (5:45pm Fri)
  • UK Top 40 Rock Singles (5:45pm Fri)
  • UK Top 40 Rock Albums (5:45pm Fri)

The information for the charts is licensed to the BBC by The Official UK Charts Company.

How do I get a job/work experience placement/DJ position at Radio 1?

How do I request a track or shout out?

You can try texting or tweeting the show on-air, but we do get thousands of shout out requests each day and can usually only mention a handful of people. Please don’t be upset if the DJ doesn’t mention you.