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BBC Radio York on Freeview and DAB

You can find BBC Radio York on your television; we are on channel 720.

If you can’t find us, you may need to re-tune your television, find out how below.

A full re-tune should only takes a few minutes and can be done with your remote control. Here are some guidelines for how to do it, but bear in mind every model of digital TV or box will be a little bit different:

  • Make sure your Freeview TV or box is on and in digital mode, usually by pressing the DTV or digital button on your remote. Then press 'menu';
  • Select the 'set up' or 'installation' option. If you see picture icons, select the tool box, satellite dish or spanner. If you are prompted for a code, try 0000 or 1234;
  • Select the full retune option. This is sometimes called ‘first time installation’, 'factory reset', 'default settings' or 'shipping conditions'. Do not select 'channel update' or 'add channels';
  • Press ‘OK’ if your equipment asks if you want to delete all your channels. Don't worry this is normal;
  • Channels will automatically be installed. This may take a few minutes and your equipment may shut down and restart;
  • In some cases, where transmitter signals overlap, it may be necessary to carry out a manual re-tune.

Note: Depending on your TV equipment, you may need to update your favourites list following a re-tune. Some digital recorders may require scheduled recordings to be reset.

BBC Radio York is now on DAB digital radio

Here are some frequently asked questions:

Where can I hear you on DAB?

We are broadcasting from four DAB transmitters. You can hear us in York, across the Vale of York, Matlon, Norton, Harrogate, Knaresborough, Ripon, Catterick and some areas of Richmond, Bedale, Northallerton, Thirsk, on the North York Moors including Helmsley, Kirbymoorside and Pickering and in Scarborough and Filey. The A1 and A19 through North Yorkshire are covered.

For those of you who like the finer details - the new DAB service is broadcasting from transmitters at Bilsdale, Acklam Wold, Oliver’s Mount in Scarborough and at Hildebrand Barracks in Harrogate. The multiplex appears on VHF frequency block 10C.

Will I be able to get BBC Radio York on DAB from anywhere within the county?

The answer to that is, unfortunately, no.

There will still be some areas of the county which the signal from the DAB transmitters cannot reach. You can still hear us in those areas on our other frequencies – 103.7FM (York and Vale of York), 104.3FM (Harrogate and the Dales) and 95.5FM (Scarborough and the coast) and on 666AM or digitally via your home computer, tablet or smartphone at

Will I need to do anything to hear local radio on my DAB radio?

You will need to push the “rescan” button on your DAB radio. On some sets this might be labelled “retune” or even “reset”. You may need to check your manual if it is not clear.

This will find all the new local radio services that you’ll be able to enjoy. You’ll only need to do this once.

I receive DAB in my kitchen... but not in the lounge. Why?

You are probably on the edge of the reception area for DAB. Note that local DAB has a different coverage area to national DAB.

Unlike FM which gets progressively weaker the further you are from the transmitter, the DAB is either there - or it’s not.