|The data behind the hidden stream @ Sutton Coldfield. Click to enlarge.|
This is believed to be the first time that BBC local radio in England has been seen on the digital terrestrial television service; a service that already includes BBC national radio.
The test is hidden from most Freeview receivers. It is a 96 Kbps stream, labelled "6149". Digital Spy forum member Richjj1978 spotted the test and listened to BBC WM this morning on an old Sagem PVR, but could not tune the stream in on any other Freeview device.
BBC radio stations for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are already carried on Freeview channels 719 and 720 in their respective nations.
Providing every BBC local radio on Freeview in England would be complex: most main transmitter sites cover an area that contains several BBC local radio station areas.
The BBC's plans regarding local radio in England are currently unknown.