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We ARE going to get BBC Local Radio on Freeview ... today!

OK, only a year after I speculated about it, the service has now started. You can now enjoy 10 BBC Local Radio stations.

Yes, you can enjoy local radio today!  Photograph:
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You might recall that last year I asked Are we going to get BBC local radio on Freeview in England?

I am pleased to report that Radio Today says A number of BBC local radio stations have officially started on Freeview today, occupying four channels between them.

BBC London721London
BBC Radio Bristol719West
BBC Radio Cambridge722East
BBC Radio Devon720South West
BBC Radio Kent719South East
BBC Radio Leeds719Yorkshire
BBC Radio Manchester719North West
BBC Radio Newcastle719North East and Cumbria
BBC Radio Norfolk719East
BBC Radio Nottingham720East Midlands
BBC Radio Solent719South
BBC WM722West Midlands


Let me know if you can get them.

Note about overlap areas

As these radio stations share the same LCN ("logical channel numbers") as (720) R n Gaidheal, Radio Cymru, Radio Foyle and (719) R Scotland, Radio Ulster and Radio Wales you may find the Freeview overlap issues occur.

Freeview HD boxes will ASK you about overlaps, and you pick a region and you will find the numbers as you expect. Older boxes will just allocate the channels on the multiplex broadcast on the lowest frequency.

All is not lost, however, the box will always put the channels somewhere in the 800-899 range. This is often the original channel number, with an "8" in front - so 819, 820, 821 and 822. But this is down the software in the TV or box. You might have to have a long look!

South WestCornwallDevonSolent(West Dorset)
London London
West MidlandsStokeShropshire WM
East MidlandsDerby NottinghamLeicester
East NorfolkSuffolkEssex
North WestManchesterLancashireMerseyside
North East and CumbriaNewcastleCumbriaTees
YorkshireLeedsSheffield York
South (Oxford)Oxford
South EastKentSurreySussex
CambridgeNorthamptonThree CountiesCambridge
Channel IslandsGuernseyJersey
East Yorkshire and LincolnshireHumbersideLincolnshire
West Midlands - extra for Hereford & Worcester and Coventry & Warwickshire?

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Monday, 9 March 2015
Richard E

11:13 AM

Radio London has been on 721 Crystal Palace ,since last Autumn.

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MJ Ray

4:25 PM

We're currently getting Norfolk on 719 and Cambridge on 722, both from Sandy Heath on 522MHz.

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Mark Agius

7:50 PM

Pitty the local radio station is not for the locals but some other part of the country.
We live in Sussex, the transmitter is in Sussex,
and we get Radio Kent (719) not Radio Sussex (722) !

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Mark Agius's 374 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 10 March 2015
12:04 PM

Huge thanks for the information, BB! Here in wild and wooly Winkleigh, I'm pleased to report we're receiving crystal clear Radio Devon on channel 720, following an update scan on both TV and PVR. No overlap issues detected thus far.............

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logjammer's 2 posts GB flag
9:14 PM

Whoopee that's one more than the number of TV programmes I can receive, actually bet you anything you like I wont be able to receive any of them here!!!

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terryb's 4 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 11 March 2015

12:21 PM

Speculation Just wondered why use the EPG 722 for the 3rd service and not 721

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alan mapp
2:36 PM

sherborne dorset somerset border

we get our tv signals from stockland hill in devon. you suggest that this transmitter should broadcast BBC DEVON BBC CORNWALL and BBC solent can I remind you that STOCKLAND HILL covers many parts of SOMERSET so BBC somerset should be included on the stockland hill transmitter
BBC DEVON coming in loud and clear here in DORSET and SOMERSET

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