Freeview: More BBC Local Radio stations are coming




UPDATED | The BBC is preparing to add further local radio stations in England on Freeview, over a year after the broadcaster started to add local stations to the platform.

Until now, in most regions, only the BBC Local Radio station co-located with the relevant regional TV news service has been available on Freeview. Additional streams have now launched, testing further local stations, meaning that most listeners should be able to select their relevant local station in the near future.

In some areas, local radio stations will be duplicated across TV regions, reflecting the differences between TV transmitter coverage areas and local radio coverage.

BBC Local Radio is currently assigned a Freeview channel number between 719 and 722, although the number of stations now testing indicates some stations may be allocated a number outside of the normal range.

The BBC is yet to issue a formal statement about the addition of further local radio stations. The tests are not available to receive on most devices, as they are being broadcast on unlabeled audio streams alongside the BBC's TV channels.






> Details about the BBC Local Radio tests have been merged with the main BBC Local Radio on Freeview page.
(26/05/2016)










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17 comments:

  1. I'm on Mendip, normally have BBC Radio Bristol. I can see test streams for BBC Radio Gloucestershire (service ID: 6209), BBC Wiltshire (service ID: 6273), BBC Somerset (service ID: 6337), BBC Radio Solent (service ID: 6211).

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    1. Thank you for this information. This has now been verified and added to the list above.

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  2. What else is being reduced in bit rate to provide this?

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    1. The space is coming from existing headroom on the BBC multiplex, was around 0.8Mbps at end of April, 0.9Mbps at beginning of May, now down to around 0.5Mbps.

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  3. BBC Radio Cumbria also on two TV regions - hopefully it'll get the same channel number for both regions to make it easy to advertise on air/social media.

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  4. I receive from Belmont TX. One of my PC DVB receivers has loaded the 5 new radio stations.
    The transmitted TV resolution on MUX1 has reduced from 720x576 to 704x576 (I suppose something has to give).

    The BBC will have to allocate channels to these radio stations (719-722 are free), but they'll need to find an extra channel number from somewhere.

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    1. The BBC's SD channels were reported as having switched to 704x576 in most regions in 2014, although there never was any report from the Belmont transmitter area.

      The "null" packets on the BBC's multiplex has dropped - there was around 0.9Mbps left over at the beginning of the month - it's now down to around 0.4Mbps, which accounts for the extra stations.

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    2. To be honest, I've not checked the MUX1 (BBC A) resolution for ages, so it may well have dropped from Belmont a long time ago. I just assumed the lowering was due to fitting in the new radio stations.

      I usually use NextPVR on my PC, but as that only responds to EPG updates, I reverted to the original software that came with the PC TV unit, (K-World).
      This software doesn't need EPG allocated channels, so with this I'm now seeing the new MUX1 (BBC A) radio channels (and the resolution info).

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    3. Belmont switched to 704x576 at around the same time as the other transmitters. It isn't a recent change.

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  5. The BBC local radio stations currently in test are expected to launch on 1st June.freeview

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  6. Any testing in the South region?

    Radio Solent for Dorset could potentially be available in three regions, not bad for a local opt-out that's aimed at half a county.

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    1. Yes, there are tests in the South Region.

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  7. "Currently only BBC Radio Kent is available to listeners using Freeview in the region."

    You have made that statement on the BBC South and BBC South East regions. It is correct for the South East region but I believe that the BBC South transmitters are currently carrying BBC Radio Solent.

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    1. This was published in error earlier today. BBC Local Radio test details have been merged with the main BBC Local Radio on Freeview page in order to create a single list for myself and other a516digital contributors to manage. Mike @ a516digital

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  8. BBC Local Radio test details have been merged with the main BBC Local Radio on Freeview page. No further comments for this article are now being accepted. Thank you for your participation.

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