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BBC Local Radio: full Freeview roll-out to commence

The roll-out of the remaining BBC Local Radio stations not currently broadcasting on Freeview is to commence this month.

On Monday 6th June, all BBC Local Radio stations located in the London, South East, East Anglia and East Midlands TV regions will go live on the platform. Currently only one station per region is live, but the additional services will bring the total to five per TV region. 

The full set of BBC Local Radio stations is scheduled to be rolled out across the remainder of England in the coming weeks, and are currently testing behind the scenes on Freeview. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland already have their relevant national services on Freeview.

The new stations will be found between channels 719 and 722, 734 and 735. 

As terrestrial TV region coverage varies to BBC Local Radio coverage, where a local radio station is broadcast across several neighbouring regions, it will hold the same Freeview channel number.

BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire jumps the gun
Listeners were left confused when BBC Coventry and Warwickshire repeatedly plugged their new Freeview channel (719) on air, despite the roll-out not yet having reached the West Midlands. On the 1st June, technical work in the area to facilitate the addition of further local radio stations on Freeview from The Wrekin, Bromsgrove and Lark Stoke transmitters was completed. BBC Coventry and Warwickshire is currently testing in the background.

Viewers may need to retune their Freeview devices to get the new services when they launch, although an increasing number of newer Freeview devices have the ability to automatically add the stations. BBC Local Radio is being carried alongside the signal carrying BBC standard definition TV services on Freeview.

By default, the new BBC local radio stations will also be available to BT TV, TalkTalk TV and Plusnet TV users via their YouView box.