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List of BBC television channels and radio stations

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This is a list of local, regional, national and international television channels and radio stations owned by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in the United Kingdom and around the world.

List of television channels


Name Description Airtime per day HD Channel
BBC One Flagship channel and broadcasts a wide variety of programming. 24 hours BBC One HD
BBC Two A range of alternative programming. 24 hours BBC Two HD
BBC Four Focuses on documentaries and serious programming. 9 hours (19:00 to 04:00) BBC Four HD
BBC News Rolling news and current affairs. 24 hours BBC News HD
BBC Parliament Parliamentary coverage. Variable; normally broadcast whenever at least one of the Houses of the UK Parliament is sitting.
BBC Alba Scottish Gaelic language television channel. Variable, up to 7 hours (16:00 or 17:00 to midnight or 01:00; simulcasts BBC Radio nan Gàidheal during downtime)
S4C Welsh language television channel. This channel is not operated by the BBC but broadcasts most of the Welsh programming made by the BBC. 06:00 to 00:00 S4C HD
CBBC Programming for children over the age of six. 14 hours (07:00 to 21:00) CBBC HD
CBeebies Programming for children under the age of six. 13 hours (06:00 to 19:00) CBeebies HD


Name HD Channel
BBC One Northern Ireland BBC One Northern Ireland HD
BBC One Scotland BBC One Scotland HD
BBC One Wales BBC One Wales HD
BBC Two Northern Ireland BBC Two Northern Ireland HD
BBC Two Wales BBC Two Wales HD
BBC Scotland BBC Scotland HD


Name Sub-opt
BBC One East
  • East from Norwich
  • West from Cambridge
BBC One East Midlands
BBC One London
BBC One North East & Cumbria
BBC One North West
BBC One South BBC Oxford for Oxford and the surrounding areas
BBC One South East
BBC One South West BBC Channel Islands for the Channel Islands
BBC One West
BBC One West Midlands
BBC One Yorkshire & Lincolnshire
BBC One Yorkshire

List of UKTV channels

UKTV is a multichannel broadcaster ran under BBC Studios, therefore, the channels are not funded by the television licence.

Name Description HD +1 Package
Alibi Crime drama Alibi HD Alibi +1 Pay
Dave Comedy Dave HD Dave ja vu Free-to-air
Drama Drama Drama +1 Free-to-air
Eden Nature Eden HD Eden +1 Pay
Gold Classic comedy Gold HD Gold +1 Pay
W Entertainment W HD W +1 Pay
Yesterday History Yesterday +1 Free-to-air

List of international television channels

Commercially funded BBC Studios and BBC Global News, as well as state-funded BBC World Service operate and distribute these linear television services around the world. These services are not to be confused with the domestic channels operated in the United Kingdom and accessible in the Republic of Ireland.

Name Description
BBC World News An international English language news network from BBC Global News available worldwide. Partially available in the UK, mainly overnight via the BBC News Channel.
BBC Arabic Television Arabic news channel available in the Arab World. Operated by BBC World Service.
BBC Persian Iranian/Afghan news channel available in Europe, Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan. Operated by BBC World Service.
BBC America United States, a mixture of comedy, drama and lifestyle programming. Joint venture between BBC Studios Channels with AMC Networks.
BBC Canada Canada, a mixture of comedy, drama and lifestyle programming. Joint venture with BBC Studios Channels and Corus Entertainment. Defunct as of 1 January 2021.
BBC Entertainment Light entertainment programming.
BBC First Comedy and drama programming.
BBC Brit Factual entertainment programming.
BBC Earth Premium factual programming and documentaries. Also identified as Sony BBC Earth in India owing to joint venture partnership.
BBC HD High-definition television channel. Available on watercrafts and about entirely defunct across national markets, save for Turkey.
BBC Lifestyle Lifestyle programming.
BBC UKTV Australia, and New Zealand, best of British entertainment programming.
CBeebies Programming for children under the age of six.

List of national radio stations

Name Description FM AM DAB and online platforms
BBC Radio 1 Current hit music, dance and rock. Yes No Yes
BBC Radio 1Xtra Urban music, hip hop, grime and dancehall. No No Yes
BBC Radio 2 Adult contemporary, oldies, country, jazz, soul and funk. Yes No Yes
BBC Radio 3 Classical, jazz, world music, arts, culture and drama. Yes No Yes
BBC Radio 4 Spoken-word programming, news, current affairs, drama and philosophy. Yes Yes Yes
BBC Radio 4 Extra Archive programming. No No Yes
BBC Radio 5 Live News, current affairs, discussion and sport. No Yes Yes
BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra Additional sports coverage. No No Yes
BBC Radio 6 Music Alternative music, rock, reggae and other minor genres. No No Yes
BBC Asian Network Station for the British Asian community. No No Yes
BBC World Service International radio station for current affairs. No No Yes

List of regional radio stations



Northern Ireland

List of local radio stations

BBC Local Radio logo
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East Midlands


North East and Cumbria

North West


South East

South West


West Midlands


Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

List of former TV channels and radio stations



National stations

Regional stations

Local stations

This page was last edited on 15 October 2021, at 08:57
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