BBC Northern Ireland has officially announced BBC Radio Foyle’s availability on satellite and cable television. The station is now permanently available on this platform to listeners across Northern Ireland with access to these services.
The announcement comes in the same week BBC Radio Foyle was awarded Gold Local Station of the Year at the PPI (Phonographic Performance Ireland) Radio Awards 2015.
BBC Radio Foyle can now be listened to via Sky channel 0152, Freesat channel 717 and Virgin Media channel 933 and can be found via listeners electronic programme guides (EPGs). This is the latest move to enhance listeners’ experience of the station and to make it more widely and easily available. In June of this year, the BBC Radio Foyle also announced its availability on DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) radio, making it permanently available on this platform to local digital radio listeners in Northern Ireland.
Larry Deeney, Editor BBC Radio Foyle, said: “This is a great time for BBC Radio Foyle. This time last week we were named Local Radio Station of the Year at the PPIs, the Irish radio awards, and today we are back with another big announcement. It is hard to keep up with the number of ways that people can listen to the radio these days. Thankfully, I think BBC Radio Foyle now has most of them covered. We have been available on FM, Medium Wave and online for a long time and this summer we launched on digital radio. Today, we are announcing that BBC Radio Foyle is now available via cable and satellite services too, so our listeners have an even greater choice of how they listen to their multi-award winning local station.”
Also this year, BBC Northern Ireland unveiled modernisations to its BBC Radio Foyle premises on Northland Road, Derry, including updated radio facilities and a new, purpose built-television studio to better reflect life here to audiences in Northern Ireland and beyond.
BBC Radio Foyle commenced broadcasting in 1979 as an opt out service from BBC Radio Ulster. The station moved to its current location on the Northland Road 30 years ago in 1985.
The station currently broadcasts the Breakfast programme with Enda McClafferty and Elaine McGee, Lunchtime With Mark Patterson, News At One, Stephen McCauley, Electric Mainline, Rejoice and live news and sport.
BBC Radio Ulster/Foyle programmes broadcast from BBC Radio Foyle are; Sean Coyle; Your Place And Mine; The Arts Show on Friday; Cashclár; The Mickey Bradley Record Show; Soundscapes With Stephen McCauley, Songbook With Eamon Friel and Blas on Monday nights.
The Foyle newsroom, meanwhile, produces reports and bulletins for BBC News NI’s television, radio and online services and well as for BBC network news services.
BBC Radio Foyle won two Gold awards and one Silver award at last week’s PPI Radio Awards, which took place at the Radisson Blu hotel in Galway. As well as winning Gold in the Local Station of The Year category, the station’s Stephen McCauley was awarded Gold in the Specialist Music Broadcaster category, while the BBC Radio Foyle’s Gambling Campaign was awarded Silver in the Community/ Social Action category. It is the second time in three years that BBC Radio Foyle has been named Local Station Of The Year by PPI, also winning the title in 2013.