|BBC Local Radio on Freeview|
In April 2014, BBC London and WM went live on Freeview in their respective TV regions. Then in December, BBC Radio Bristol was added in the West TV region. BBC Local Radio is assigned Freeview channel numbers 719 to 722 in England.
Now, tests using hidden streams, not tunable on most devices, have been observed in locations across England, including BBC Radio Devon in the South West TV region, BBC Radio Manchester in the North West and BBC Radio Leeds in the Yorkshire TV region.
In all cases, the BBC Local Radio station co-sited with the relevant BBC regional TV service is the station being tested, with apparent capacity to add further local radio stations later on.
The BBC has so far remained publicly silent about the current tests and when these services will be officially available to all Freeview viewers.
The most recent public statement on the matter came late last year, when the BBC said:
"The BBC is currently exploring options for making this and other Local Radio services more widely available. Further announcements on plans are likely early in the New Year."
BBC Local Radio on Freeview - current status