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How to Listen in Western Europe

Satellite
BBC World Service in English available 24 hours a day, free-to-air from the digital Eutelsat Hot Bird 6 satellite at 13┬░ East, transponder 130U, vertical polarisation, 11131 MHz, PID 457, in stereo. Hot Bird 6 covers the whole of Europe, including the Canary Islands.

You should contact a local satellite/TV equipment dealer for information about the DVB (Digital Video Broadcasting) receiver required for reception from Hot Bird 6. This works in conjunction with a television set, but you can connect the audio output of the set-top receiver box to a Hi-Fi system for better quality sound.

FM/AM radio
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.
Cable
In some countries, notably The Netherlands, Denmark, Switzerland and Austria, BBC World Service can be heard on cable FM frequencies in many cities.

Visit our schedules page and enter the name of your city to find out if there are local FM or AM frequencies carrying the BBC in your area.

Medium-wave radio
Frequency 648 kHz can be heard in north-east France (about as far south as Paris and west as Le Mans), Belgium, the Netherlands, north-west Germany (south to Bonn & east to Osnabr├╝ck) and parts of south-east England.

Long-wave radio
Frequency 198 kHz (which carries the UK channel Radio 4 during the day and a modified World Service schedule between 0100 and 0530 UK time) can be heard in the UK & Eire, northern France, Belgium, the Netherlands, north-west Germany and southern Scandinavia when conditions permit.

Short-wave radio
Frequencies for West & South West Europe cover the area from Portugal to central Europe.
Cyprus, Greece and the former Yugoslavia, are served by frequencies for South-East Europe.

On 27th March, some changes to short-wave coverage for Europe come into effect.
The new frequencies and their broadcast times (GMT) are as follows:

6195 kHz - 0400-0600; 1900-2100
9410 kHz - 0400-0700; 1600-2100
12095 kHz - 0500-0700; 1600-1900
17640 kHz - 0800-1500 (Middle East schedule; most effective in southern Europe)

In southern Spain and Portugal, try North Africa frequencies 15485 kHz from 0700 to 1700 GMT and 15105 kHz from 1600 to 1800 GMT.

While there no direct frequencies for Scandinavia or the Baltic States, these areas may receive frequencies for the Middle East.

Internet
Our 24-hour European programme stream can also be heard live online via the Radio Player link on the BBC World Service home page.

Schedules
To generate daily or weekly schedules showing local time, visit the schedules page and enter the name of your city or the city nearest to your listening location.
Internet schedule links are at the foot of the page.

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.

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