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Closures of some BBC local radio medium wave services

The BBC is committed to a digital future for radio, and in the past few years we have funded local DAB expansion, made all local radio stations available on digital terrestrial TV (such as Freeview), and we have transformed our online and mobile offering with BBC Sounds.

The majority of radio listening in the UK – including the BBC – is now digital, and digital listening is continuing to grow.  We want to make our services available to you when and how you want them, but it’s also right that the BBC continues to ensure that the ways we distribute our services represent good value for money for you, the licence fee payer.

We know that the changes will impact some of you, and we want to make sure that people listening to these transmissions will be able to use other methods to hear the same programmes.

Most stations which will be affected will continue to be on FM and digital outputs (such as DAB, digital television, or online). For most people, re-tuning their radios or cars to FM or DAB is likely to be the simplest solution.

Further information can be found on this blog

You can also check our problem assistant tool to get more information on how to access all BBC services in your area.

The stations which will no longer be transmitted on MW are:

  • Radio Ulster/Foyle
  • Radio Cambridgeshire
  • Radio H&W
  • Radio Lancashire
  • BBC Essex
  • Radio Stoke
  • Radio Sheffield
  • Radio Leeds
  • Radio Devon

In addition, the following stations will have reduced MW coverage:

  • Radio Gloucestershire
  • Radio Wales

Where to find the alternatives to your MW stations:

 

Current MW Station Online FM DAB name Freeview (in region) Service closure
Radio Foyle
792 kHz
bbc.co.uk/radiofoyle 93.1 MHz BBC Radio Foyle / BBCFoyle 720 06-May
Radio Ulster
1341 kHz (Antrim, Down) and 873 kHz (Enniskillen)
bbc.co.uk/radioulster Belfast, Down, Antrim, Armagh – 94.5 MHz
Coleraine, Portstewart and Portrush – 95.4 MHz
Enniskillen, County Fermanagh and County Tyrone – 93.8 MHz
Newry – 93.1 MHz
Larne – 93.5 MHz
Newtonabbey – 95.3 MHz
Ballycastle – 95.1 MHz
Warrenpoint – 92.7 MHz
Kilkeel – 93.8 MHz
BBC Radio Ulster / BBC Ulst 719 06-May
Radio Cambridgeshire
1026 kHz
bbc.co.uk/radiocambridgeshire Peterborough – 95.7 MHz
Cambridge – 96.0 MHz
BBC Radio Cambs / BBC Camb 722 10-May
Radio H&W
738 kHz (Worcester), 1584 kHz (Tenbury Wells)
bbc.co.uk/bbcherefordandworcester Herefordshire – 94.7 MHz
Worcestershire – 104 MHz
Redditch – 104.4 MHz
Wyre Forest – 104.6 MHz
BBCHereford&Worc / BBCH&W 720 13-May
Radio Lancashire
855 kHz
bbc.co.uk/radiolancashire Blackburn and Burnley – 95.5 MHz
Central Lancashire – 103.9 MHz
Lancaster – 104.5 MHz
BBC Lancashire / BBC Lanc 720 17-May
BBC Essex
729 kHz (East Essex), 765 kHz (West Essex)
bbc.co.uk/bbcessex County-wide – 103.5 MHz
Southend and Basildon – 95.3 MHz
BBC Essex / BBCEssex 734 20-May
Radio Stoke
1503 kHz
bbc.co.uk/radiostoke County-wide – 94.6 MHz
Stafford – 104.1 MHz
BBC Radio Stoke / BBCStoke 726 24-May
Radio Sheffield
1035 kHz
bbc.co.uk/radiosheffield Sheffield – 88.6 MHz
Chesterfield and North Derbyshire – 94.7 MHz
South Yorkshire – 104.1 MHz
BBC Sheffield / BBC Shef 734 27-May
Radio Leeds
774 kHz
bbc.co.uk/radioleeds Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield, Huddersfield, Halifax – 92.4 MHz
Wharfedale – 95.3 MHz
Keighley (Airdale) – 102.7 MHz
West Leeds – 103.9 MHz
BBC Radio Leeds / BBCLeeds 719 01-Jun
Radio Devon
801 kHz (North Devon), 990 kHz (Exeter)
bbc.co.uk/radiodevon Exmoor – 103.4 MHz
North Devon – 94.8 MHz
Plymouth – 95.7 MHz
Exeter – 95.8 MHz
Okehampton – 96.0 MHz
Torbay and the South Hams – 104.3 MHz
BBC Radio Devon / BBCDevon 720 TBC
Radio Gloucestershire
1413 kHz (Stow on the Wold)
bbc.co.uk/radiogloucestershire Radio Gloucestershire is not available on FM in the areas served by the 1413 transmitter BBC Radio Glos / BBC Glos 735 07-Jun
Radio Wales
657 kHz (Wrexham), 882 kHz (North Wales)
bbc.co.uk/radiowales Anglesey – 94.8 MHz
Bangor – 94.8 MHz
Caernarfon – 94.8 MHz
Colwyn Bay – 90.6 MHz
Conwy – 91.3 MHz
Llandudno – 94.8 MHz
Llangollen – 91.1 MHz
Mold – 91.1 MHz
Ruthin – 91.1 MHz
Rhyl – 91.1 MHz or 94.8 MHz
Ruthin – 91.1 MHz
Queensferry – 91.1 MHz
Welshpool – 91.8 MHz
Wrexham – 91.1 MHz or 95.4 MHz
BBC Radio Wales / BBCWales 719 09-Jun