Viewers in most parts of England can now access at least one BBC Local Radio station, located between Freeview channels 719-722, following the launch of Local Radio in three regions last year. The stations are broadcast alongside other BBC radio stations on Freeview.
Initially, the radio stations co-located with the relevant BBC regional TV service for each area have been prioritised for the roll-out, but there is sufficient capacity for additional services in the future. Stuart Thomas, the head of the BBC in the East Midlands said on Twitter today that BBC Radio Derby and Leicester would be added to Freeview "later this year", for viewers who receive East Midlands Today as their regional service on Freeview.
BBC Reception Advice explained:
"We plan to launch more Local Radio stations on Freeview over the course of 2015, however we have to complete more technical work before this is possible. We thought it better to launch the stations we’re able to now rather than waiting until other stations are available. "
In Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, two additional services serving each Nation are already carried on the BBC's Freeview service.
- Further details on BBC Local Radio roll-out, including which stations are available and where they're available...