BBC Radio Ulster

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

BBC Radio Ulster
BBC Radio Ulster logo
Broadcast areaNorthern Ireland
FrequencyFM: 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
Online: [1]
FormatNews, Music, Sport, Chat)
BBC Northern Ireland
First air date
1 January 1975

It is the most widely listened to radio station in Northern Ireland,[1] with a diverse 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 (on weekdays) and from 7:00 am until midnight (on weekends and Bank Holiday Mondays).

BBC Radio Ulster was established in New Year's Day 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 5.8p.[2]


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Coordinates: 54°35′38″N 5°55′48″W / 54.594°N 5.930°W / 54.594; -5.930