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BBC Radio 4 is a British national radio station owned and operated by the
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BBC
. It broadcasts a wide variety of spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history from the BBC's headquarters at
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Broadcasting House
,
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London
. It replaced the
BBC Home Service The BBC Home Service was a British national radio station that broadcast from 1939 until 1967, when it was renamed BBC Radio 4. History Development Between the 1920s and the outbreak of World War II, the BBC developed two nationwide radio s ...
in 1967. The station controller is
Mohit BakayaMohit Bakaya is the controller of BBC Radio 4. He joined the BBC in 1993 and produced programmes such as ''Front Row (radio programme), Front Row'' and ''Night Waves'' before becoming the commissioning editor for factual in 2008. He was appointed as ...
. Radio 4 broadcasts throughout the UK, the
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Isle of Man
and the
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Channel Islands
on FM, LW and
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DAB
and on
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. It can be received in the eastern counties of
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Ireland
, the north of
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France
and
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. It is also available through Freeview,
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, and
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Virgin Media
. Radio 4 is notable for news bulletins and programmes such as ''
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'' and ''
The World at One: ''For the Canadian radio program, see The World at Six.'' ''The World at One'', or ''WATO'' ("what-oh") for short, is BBC Radio 4's long-running lunchtime news and current affairs programme, produced by BBC News, which is currently broadcast f ...
'', heralded on air by the
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pips or the chimes of
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Big Ben
. The pips are only accurate on FM, LW, and MW; there is a delay on digital radio of three to five seconds and online up to twenty-three seconds. Radio 4 broadcasts the
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which, in August 2017, was 150 years old.


Overview

Radio 4 is the second-most-popular
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domestic
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by total hours, after
Radio 2
Radio 2
. It recorded its highest audience, of 11 million listeners, in May 2011, and was "UK Radio Station of the Year" at the 2003, 2004 and 2008
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. It also won a
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in 2002 for ''File on 4: Export Controls''. Costing £71.4 million (2005/6), it is the BBC's most expensive national radio network and is considered by many to be its flagship. There is no comparable British commercial network:
Channel 4 Channel 4 is a British free-to-air Free-to-air (FTA) services are television (TV) and radio services broadcast in clear (unencrypted) form, allowing any person with the FTA Receiver, appropriate receiving equipment to receive the signal and ...
abandoned plans to launch its own speech-based digital radio station in October 2008 as part of a £100m cost cutting review. In 2019, Mohit Bakaya replaced
Gwyneth Williams Gwyneth Williams (born 14 July 1953) is a former controller of BBC Radio 4. She grew up in South Africa and attended St Hugh's College, Oxford. Earlier career Williams joined the BBC World Service in 1976 as a trainee, having briefly worked as res ...
, who had been the station controller since 2010. Music and sport are the only fields that largely fall outside the station's remit. It broadcasts occasional concerts, and documentaries related to various forms of both
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and classical music, and the long-running music-based ''
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''. Prior to the creation of BBC Radio 5 it broadcast sports-based features, notably '' Sport on Four'', and since the creation of
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in 1994, the station has become the home of ball-by-ball commentaries of most
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matches played by England. The coverage is broadcast on
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. Consequently, for around 70 days a year, listeners have to rely on FM broadcasts or DAB for mainstream Radio 4 broadcasts – the number relying solely on long wave is now a small minority. The cricket broadcasts take precedence over on-the-hour news bulletins, but not the
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, carried since its move to long wave in 1978 because that can be received clearly at sea. As well as news and drama, the station has a strong reputation for comedy, including experimental and
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, first appearing on the station. Following the six o'clock news from Monday to Friday, the station normally broadcasts a thirty-minute comedy programme. The station is available on FM in most of Great Britain, parts of Ireland and the north of France; LW throughout the UK and in parts of Northern Europe, and the Atlantic north of the
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to about 20 degrees west; MW in some areas;
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DAB
; Digital TV including Freeview,
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,
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and
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Virgin Media
, and on the Internet. Freesat, Sky and Virgin have a separate channel for Radio 4 LW output in mono, in addition to the FM output. The longwave signal is part of the
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's system of
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. In the event of a suspected catastrophic attack on Britain,
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captains, in addition to other checks, check for a broadcast signal from Radio 4 on 198 longwave to verify the annihilation of organised society in Great Britain.


History

The BBC Home Service was the predecessor of Radio 4 and broadcast between 1939 and 1967. It had regional variations and was broadcast on
medium wave Medium wave (MW) is the part of the (MF) used mainly for . The spectrum provides about 120 channels with limited sound quality. During daytime, only local stations can be received. Propagation in the night allows strong signals within a range ...
with a network of
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FM transmitters being added from 1955. Radio 4 replaced it on 30 September 1967, when the BBC renamed many of its domestic radio stations, in response to the challenge of
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. It moved to long wave in November 1978, taking over the 200 kHz frequency (1500 metres) previously held by - later moved to 198 kHz as a result of
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aimed at avoiding interference (all
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1 MW/LW broadcast frequencies are divisible by 9). At this point, Radio 4 became available across all of the UK for the first time and the station officially became known as Radio 4 UK, a title that remained until 29 September 1984. For a time during the 1970s Radio 4 carried regional news bulletins Monday to Saturday. These were broadcast twice at breakfast, at lunchtime and at 5.55p.m. There were also programme variations for the parts of England not served by
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stations. These included ''
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'', a VHF opt-out of the ''Today'' programme broadcast from
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's studios in Norwich each weekday from 6.45 a.m. to 8.45 a.m. ''Roundabout East Anglia'' came to an end in mid-1980 ahead of the launch of
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BBC Radio Norfolk
. All regional news bulletins broadcast from BBC regional news bases around England ended in August 1980, apart from in the southwest as until January 1983 there was no
BBC Local Radio Local BBC Radio is the BBC The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a public service broadcaster, headquartered at Broadcasting House in Westminster, London London is the capital city, capital and List of urban areas in the ...
in the southwest so these news bulletins and its weekday morning regional programme, ''
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'', continued to be broadcast from the BBC studios in Plymouth on VHF and on the Radio 4 medium wave Plymouth relay until 31 December 1982. The launch of Radio 5 on 27 August 1990 saw the removal of
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, schools programming, children's programmes and the ''Study on 4''/''Options'' adult education slot from Radio 4's FM frequencies. Consequently, the full Radio 4 schedule became available on FM for the first time. However, adult educational and
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programming returned to Radio 4 in 1994 when Radio 5 was closed to make way for the launch of
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and were broadcast on Sunday evenings on longwave only. Between 17 January 1991 and 2 March 1991 FM broadcasts were replaced by a continuous news service devoted to the
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,
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, with the main Radio 4 service being exclusively on longwave. In September 1991 it was decided that the main Radio 4 service would be on FM as FM coverage had now extended to cover almost all of the UK - Radio 4 didn't become available on FM in much of Scotland and Wales until the early 1990s. Opt-outs were transferred to longwave: currently ''
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'', extra shipping forecasts, ''
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'' and '' Yesterday in Parliament''. Longwave very occasionally opts out at other times, such as to broadcast special services, the most recent being when
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Pope Benedict XVI
visited Britain in 2010.


Programmes and schedules


Daily schedule

An online schedule page lists the running order of programmes.


Production

Many programmes are pre-recorded. Programmes transmitted live include ''Today'', magazine programme ''Woman's Hour'', consumer affairs programme ''
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'', and (often) the music, film, books, arts and culture programme '' Front Row''. Continuity is managed from
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Broadcasting House
with news bulletins, including the hourly summaries and longer programmes such as the ''Six O'Clock News'' and ''Midnight News'', and news programmes such as ''Today'', ''The World at One'' and ''PM'', which by early 2013 had returned to Broadcasting House after 15 years at
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BBC Television Centre
in
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White City
. The news returning to Broadcasting House has also meant that newsreaders can provide cover for continuity, which regularly occurs at 23:00 each night and 16:00 on a Sunday. This has reduced the total number of continuity announcers required each day down from four to three. The
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, known as 'the pips', is broadcast every hour to herald the news bulletin, except at midnight and 18:00, where the chimes of
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Big Ben
are played. There is no Greenwich Time Signal during the Saturday Afternoon Drama at 15:00 on Radio 4 on Saturdays either. Only pips broadcast on FM/MW/LW are accurate. On all digital platforms they are in delay by between 3 and 5 seconds and even longer online (up to 23 seconds).


Programmes

Radio 4 programmes cover a wide variety of genre including news and current affairs, history, culture, science, religion, arts, drama and light entertainment. A number of the programmes on Radio 4 take the form of a "magazine" show, featuring numerous small contributions over the course of the programme—''
Woman's Hour ''Woman's Hour'' is a radio magazine programme broadcast in the United Kingdom The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK) or Britain,Usage is mixed. The Guardian' and Telegraph' use ...
'', ''
From Our Own Correspondent ''From Our Own Correspondent'' is a weekly BBC The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a public service broadcaster, headquartered at Broadcasting House in Westminster, London London is the capital city, capital and List of ur ...
'', ''
You and Yours ''You and Yours'' is a British radio Radio is the technology of signaling and communicating Communication (from Latin ''communicare'', meaning "to share") is the act of developing Semantics, meaning among Subject (philosophy), entities o ...
''. The rise of these magazine shows is primarily due to the work of
Tony Whitby Anthony Charles Whitby (19 November 1929 – 25 February 1975) was a United Kingdom, British BBC Radio producer and television current affairs editor who was Controller of BBC Radio 4 from 1970 to 1975. Early life and education Whitby was bor ...
, controller of Radio 4 from 1970 to 1975. The station hosts a number of long-running programmes, many of which have been broadcast for over 40 years. Most programmes are available for four weeks after broadcast as streaming audio from Radio 4's ''listen again'' page and via
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. A selection of programmes is also available as podcasts or
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download
able audio files. Many comedy and drama programmes from the Radio 4 archives are broadcast on
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. Due to the capacity limitations of DAB and increasing sport broadcasts on
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BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra
, BBC Radio 4 DAB has to reduce its bit rate most evenings, such that after 7 p.m. its DAB output is usually in mono, even though many of its programmes are made in stereo (including its flagship drama "The Archers"), these can be heard in stereo only on FM, Digital TV on Freeview & Freesat (Ch. 704), Sky, Virgin and on line via BBC iPlayer radio. BBC World Service, which uses BBC Radio 4 FM & DAB frequencies between 01:00 and 05:20, is in stereo, but only on Radio 4 FM & DAB and not on its own dedicated DAB channel. BBC Radio 4 Extra broadcasts in mono on DAB, but has always been in stereo on Digital TV (Freeview / Freesat Ch 708), Sky, Virgin and online.


Notable continuity announcers and newsreaders

Announcers carry out the following duties from Broadcasting House: * Provide links (or junctions) between programmes * Read trails for programmes * Provide reassurance to listeners during a programme breakdown * Read the
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(except the 05:20 broadcast, which is covered by
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BBC Weather
) * Read the
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BBC Radio 3
news summaries at 13:00, 17:00 and 18:00 on weekdays Newsreaders read hourly summaries and longer bulletins from New Broadcasting House. In 2012 the BBC announced that it would be reducing its main presentation team from 12 to ten.


BBC

*
Chris Aldridge Chris Aldridge is a continuity announcer and newsreader for BBC Radio 4. He grew up in Horsham, West Sussex.https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/about-us/our-alumni/for-alumni/alumni-news/chris-aldridge-interview/ After one term studying medicine at L ...
(Senior Announcer) *
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* Alan Smith * Tom Sandars *
Zeb Soanes Zebedee Soanes (born 24 June 1976), is a British Announcer#radio, announcer and news presenter, newsreader for BBC Radio 4, most notably of the Six O’Clock News, a presenter for BBC Radio 4 Extra and a Children's literature, children's author. ...


Freelance

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*
Andrew Peach Andrew Peach is a radio presenter in the United Kingdom. He presents a daily news and phone-in show on BBC Radio Berkshire and network programmes such as PM (BBC Radio 4), PM and the Six O'Clock News on BBC Radio 4 and Newshour and The Newsroom o ...
*
Susan Rae Susan Scott Rae (born 2 June 1956)Jonathan Rhys-Evan"The Accent's on Success" ''Glasgow Herald'', 18 April 1984 is a Scottish people, Scottish newsreader and continuity announcer on BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4 Extra. Rae was born and ...
*
Neil Nunes Neil Nunes (born 12 December 1980) (pronounced ) is a British Jamaican, British-Jamaican Continuity announcers in the United Kingdom, continuity announcer and newsreader on BBC Radio 4 in the United Kingdom, and on the BBC World Service. Early lif ...


Former staff

*
Alice Arnold Alice Arnold (born 1962) is a British broadcaster and journalist. She was a newsreader and continuity announcer on BBC Radio 4 BBC Radio 4 is a British national radio station owned and operated by the BBC. It broadcasts a wide variety of ...

Alice Arnold
(1994-2012) * Carolyn Brown (left 2015) * Harriet Cass (left 2013) *
Corrie Corfield Coriona Kear Ware Corfield is a radio broadcaster and producer known especially for her news presenter, newsreading and continuity (broadcasting), continuity announcements on BBC Radio 4. Early life and education She was born 1961 in Oxford. Raise ...
(1988-2021) *
Peter Donaldson Peter Ian Donaldson (23 August 1945 – 2 November 2015) was an English news presenter, newsreader on BBC Radio 4. Early life Donaldson was born in Cairo, Kingdom of Egypt, Egypt, and moved to Cyprus in 1952 at the time of the overthrow of ...
(1973-2012) * Charlotte Green (1988-2013) *
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(left 2009) * Astley Jones (left 2006) * Laurie Macmillan (died 2001) * Rory Morrison (died 2013) * Charles Nove (left 2019; now with Scala Radio) * Jamie Owen * Brian Perkins * Iain Purdon (retired from BBC World Service in 2016) * Vaughan Savidge (left 2018) * Moira Stuart (left 1981 to move to TV; now with Classic FM (UK), Classic FM)


Frequencies and other means of reception

Radio 4 is broadcast on: * 92–95㎒ FM in England, and from some transmitters in Wales ** 103–105㎒ from other transmitters in Wales ** 94.6–96.1 and 103.5–104.9㎒ in Scotland ** 93.2–96.0 and 103.5–104.6㎒ in Northern Ireland * 198㎑ longwave (Droitwich Transmitting Station, Droitwich, Burghead Transmitting Station, Burghead, and Westerglen transmitting station, Westerglen) * Medium wave in some areas: ** 603㎑ in Newcastle upon Tyne ** 720㎑ in
London London is the Capital city, capital and List of urban areas in the United Kingdom, largest city of England and the United Kingdom. It stands on the River Thames in south-east England at the head of a estuary down to the North Sea, and has b ...

London
, Derry and Belfast ** 756㎑ in Redruth ** 774㎑ in Plymouth and Enniskillen ** 1449㎑ in Aberdeen ** 1485㎑ in Carlisle, Cumbria, Carlisle *
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DAB
** Standard FM content ** Subsidiary LW content, where applicable * Freeview channel 704 (FM only) * The Internet ** BBC iPlayer, iPlayer live streaming * Direct broadcast satellite, Digital satellite: ** Radio 4 FM: ***
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channel 704 ***
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channel 0104 ** Radio 4 LW: ***
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channel 710 ***
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channel 904 (FM), channel 911 (LW) * Selected other cable television providers (Also on various frequencies on analogue cable networks) ** Virgin Media Ireland channel 910 in Republic of Ireland * TalkTalk TV channel 604


Criticisms

Criticism voiced by centre-right newspapers in recent years have a perceived left political bias across a range of issues, as well as sycophancy in interviews, particularly on the popular morning news magazine ''Today'' as part of a reported perception of a general "malaise" at the BBC. Conversely, the journalist Mehdi Hasan has criticised the station for an overtly "social conservatism, socially and cultural conservatism, culturally conservative" approach. There has been criticism of ''Today'' in particular for a lack of female broadcasters. In September 1972, Radio 4 employed the first female continuity announcers—Hylda Bamber and Barbara Edwards. For quite some time, the introduction of female newsreaders led to complaints from listeners; women discussing topics of feminist interest led to similar complaints. In addition, there has been long-running criticism by atheist and humanist groups of ''Thought for the Day'', a slot dedicated exclusively to religious discussion during Radio 4's flagship morning news programme. Radio 4 has been criticised for being too middle class and being of little interest to non-white listeners.


See also

* ABC Radio National * CBC Radio One - A Canadians, Canadian talk radio station from Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, CBC * List of BBC newsreaders and reporters * National Public Radio * Radio New Zealand National * RTÉ Radio 1 - An Republic of Ireland, Irish talk and music radio station from Raidió Teilifís Éireann, RTÉ * Sveriges Radio P1


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* {{DEFAULTSORT:Bbc Radio 4 BBC Radio 4, BBC national radio stations, 4 News and talk radio stations in the United Kingdom Radio stations established in 1967 1967 establishments in the United Kingdom Radio stations in the United Kingdom Longwave radio stations Peabody Award winners Podcasting companies