BBC plc, 2017. Radio 4, the last voice.
23:59 pm December 31st 2016 Photograph: Shutterstock
23:59 pm December 31st 2016
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Good morning, Chris Aldridge speaking. This is, for the final time, is BBC Radio 4.
We are joined here in New Broadcasting House for these last moments by forty BBC local radio stations in England, the six national stations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the Asian network, Radio 4 Extra and, of course Radio 3.
In a statement today, the new chief executive officer of BBC plc said that the BBC was immensely proud of the legacy of radio stations and thanked listeners to the stations closing tonight for their loyalty and support over the decades.
The BBC will continue to broadcast, the music services Radios 1, 1 Xtra, 2, and 6 Music as these stations are regarded as being profitable for BBC shareholders by, from today, carrying a discreet amount of advertising.
BBC News Radio, formally numbered Five Live, will be broadcast on Radio 4 FM frequencies from later today, and 6 Music will occupy the former Radio 3 frequencies until they are sold.
The flagship Radio 4 Today programme will move to the BBC News TV channel from next Monday. A new portfolio of subscription television services launches at 6pm this evening, lead by a revamped BBC One to be known as BBC Premier.
After just over 94 years of continuous wireless operation - as 2LO, The National Programme, The Home Service and then Radio 4, we leave British speech radio in the capable hands of BBC News Radio.
Happy New Year.
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