BBC Radio Ulster

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BBC Radio Ulster
BBC Radio Ulster logo.svg
City Belfast
Broadcast area Northern Ireland
Frequency FM: 92–95 MHz
MW: 1341 kHz and 873 kHz
Freeview: 719 (NI only)
Freesat: 716
Sky (UK only): 0118
Virgin Media: 932
Virgin Media Ireland: 906
First air date1 January 1975
Format News, Music, Sport, Comedy
Owner BBC,
BBC Northern Ireland
Webcast WMA

BBC Radio Ulster (Irish : BBC Raidió Uladh) is the main Northern Ireland BBC radio stations, broadcasting from Broadcasting House on Ormeau Avenue in Belfast city centre. It is a division of BBC Northern Ireland.


It is the most widely listened to radio station in Northern Ireland [1] with a wide range of programmes including news, talk, features, music and sport. News bulletins are broadcast usually on the hour seven days a week from 6:30 am until midnight.

BBC Radio Ulster was established in January 1975, replacing what had been an opt-out of BBC Radio 4 (previously the BBC Northern Ireland Home Service) and as a result of the BBC's widely regarded under-reporting of the UWC Strike in May 1974.

An opt-out of the station exists in Derry BBC Radio Foyle, carrying alternative programming and news for much of the time between 7:30am and 5:00pm weekdays and a few hours at the weekend. The station is also broadcast on DAB Digital Radio, digital television and on the internet. During the station's downtime, BBC Radio Ulster simulcasts BBC Radio 5 Live programming (weekdays from 12:00am-6:30am, Saturdays from 12:00am-6:45am and Sundays from 12:00am-7:00am).


The BBC reported in the Annual Report for 2017/18 that Radio Ulster and Radio Foyle operated on a budget of £17.6 million with a 38% reach of the population and that the cost per hour of output was 5.8pence. [2]


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