BBC Radio 5 Live pops up DAB station for the day

Three major sporting events in one day means the BBC is providing an extra sports service on DAB and online.

5 Live is offering full live Formula 1 commentary of the British Grand Prix on DAB as a pop-up station for today (Sunday) only.

It is identifying as BBC R5LFormula 1, and the station is encouraging listeners to retune their radio sets to pick it up.

This is because Test Match Special is on BBC Radio 5 Live for full ball by ball commentary of New Zealand v England in the Cricket World Cup final.

Coverage started at 7am with Eleanor Oldroyd at Lord’s, followed by a special edition of Tailenders from 9am, with Test Match Special on air from 9.50am. After the match Phil Tufnell joins Eleanor Oldroyd are taking calls in a special 6-Duck-6.

Cricket is also being broadcast on BBC Radio 4 LW.

And over on the often used BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, there’s live Wimbledon commentary of the men’s singles final with coverage starting at 1pm.

In addition, coverage of the Tour de France continues via the BBC Sport website.

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  1. Almorr says

    Super Sports Sunday, well done Radio 5

  2. Dave says

    In lovely DAB mono. Well done BBC you are so at the cutting edge of technology. This was your chance to test DAB+ at last but nope you didn’t

    1. mb23 says

      It would have excluded people without DAB+ sets, and it’s only sport. It doesn’t need stereo.

  3. Radio Geordie says

    Here’s the thing – why did they have to add an additional stream on DAB for F-1 when the cricket was on Longwave anyway?

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  4. Raymond Woodward says

    One can only assume there aren’t many analogue listeners left with LF equipped receivers ..?

  5. Willie Bone says

    Radio Geordie, I don’t own long wave or short wave enabled radios anymore, for I stopped listening to AM radio around 30 years ago! Why? Because I have lived in AM mush areas for most of my life! So, I have no hang up about the BBC streaming an additional temporary station on DAB!
    Anyway, the BBC contract with Arqiva ends next spring for long wave on 198kHz, so potentially the long wave service could fall silent by next May!

    1. Mr Boltar says

      “so potentially the long wave service could fall silent by next May!”

      That won’t go down well with some ex-pats in Europe!

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