Date set for the closure of BBC Radio 4 medium wave frequencies

BBC Radio 4 will turn off its medium wave frequencies and end its separate schedule for LW by April 15th 2024.

Daily Service and the extended edition of Yesterday in Parliament will be available on BBC Radio 4 Extra on DAB, Digital TV and BBC Sounds from April 1st.

Upon its return, Test Match Special will continue uninterrupted on Radio 5 Sports Extra on DAB, Digital TV and BBC Sounds.

The Shipping Forecast will continue to be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 twice a day (weekdays) and three times a day (weekends). This will be available on all platforms: FM, DAB, BBC Sounds, Digital TV.

This means there will no longer be a separate schedule for Radio 4 LW and the BBC is encouraging listeners to transition to alternative platforms from April 1st.

Finally, Radio 4 will no longer be available on medium wave – meaning the end to the frequencies listed below on April 15th:

  • Aberdeen – 1449 MW
  • Belfast – 720 MW
  • Carlisle – 1485 MW
  • Cornwall – 756 MW
  • Enniskillen – 774 MW
  • London – 720 MW
  • Londonderry – 720 MW
  • Newcastle – 603 MW
  • Plymouth – 774 MW