12 Facts About BBC Radio


BBC Radio is an operational business division and service of the British Broadcasting Corporation.

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BBC Radio expounded firm principles of centralised, all-encompassing radio broadcasting, stressing programming standards and moral tone.

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The English language service of BBC Radio Luxembourg began in 1933 as one of the earliest commercial radio stations broadcasting to Britain and Ireland.

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The onset of World War II silenced all but one of the original IBC stations, with only BBC Radio Luxembourg continuing its nightly transmissions to Britain.

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Only BBC Radio Caroline survived, and continues to broadcast today, though the last original offshore broadcast was in 1989.

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The creator of BBC Radio 1 told the press that his family had been fans of BBC Radio London.

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BBC Radio hired many out-of-work broadcasting staff who had come from the former offshore stations.

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BBC Radio's role, according to Andrew Harrison, the chief executive of RadioCentre, was "to identify both areas of best practice and possible savings.

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In 2011, BBC Radio 7 was renamed BBC Radio 4 Extra and the service was more closely aligned with Radio 4.

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BBC Radio services are broadcast on various FM and AM frequencies, DAB digital radio and live streaming on BBC Online, which is available worldwide.

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BBC Radio International provides many services internationally including in-flight entertainment, subscription, and satellite services.

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BBC Radio International is partnered with Sirius Satellite Radio and British Airways as well as many other local radio stations.

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