Updated list of BBC network radio URLs

Updated April 2016 to include BBC local radio streams

The BBC has changed the way it streams a lot of its radio stations on the internet. You can read more about the changes on the BBC Blog.

One upshot of this was that none of my many RaspberryPi internet radios would pick up BBC stations any more. Yes, I know I can listen to most of them on DAB, but I like to be able to listen to everything in one place.

So here’s an updated list of URLs – these work with the Pimoroni Displayotron3000 Raspberry Pi radio which uses VLC as its player. I’ve not tried them with any of my MPC/MPD-based radios yet.

The nice thing about this list is it includes separate streams for Radio 4 FM and LW, useful if you want to listen to the full-length Yesterday in Parliament, for example. World Service isn’t on this list because I think the old URLs I was using are still working.

National stations

BBC Radio 1


BBC Radio 1xtra


BBC Radio 2


BBC Radio 3


BBC Radio 4FM


BBC Radio 4LW


BBC Radio 4 Extra


BBC Radio 5 Live


BBC Radio 5 Live Sportsball Extra


BBC Radio 6 Music


BBC Asian Network


BBC World Service UK stream


BBC World Service News stream


Nations and regions

Radio Cymru


BBC Radio Foyle


BBC Radio nan Gàidheal


BBC Radio Scotland


BBC Radio Ulster


BBC Radio Wales


Local radio (all broadcasting exactly the same programme as I compiled this!)

BBC Radio Berkshire


BBC Radio Bristol


BBC Radio Cambridgeshire


BBC Radio Cornwall


BBC Coventry & Warwickshire


BBC Radio Cumbria


BBC Radio Derby


BBC Radio Devon


BBC Essex


BBC Radio Gloucestershire


BBC Radio Guernsey


BBC Hereford & Worcester


BBC Radio Humberside


BBC Radio Jersey


BBC Radio Kent


BBC Radio Lancashire


BBC Radio Leeds


BBC Radio Leicester


BBC Radio Lincolnshire


BBC Radio London


BBC Radio Manchester


BBC Radio Merseyside


BBC Newcastle


BBC Radio Norfolk


BBC Radio Northampton


BBC Radio Nottingham


BBC Radio Oxford


BBC Radio Sheffield


BBC Radio Shropshire


BBC Radio Solent


BBC Somerset


BBC Radio Stoke


BBC Radio Suffolk


BBC Surrey


BBC Sussex


BBC Tees


BBC Three Counties Radio


BBC Wiltshire


BBC WM 95.6


BBC Radio York


Update, July 2015: Fip has also moved, it’s now at http://audio.scdn.arkena.com/11016/fip-midfi128.mp3 – not sure if there is still a working low bandwidth stream.

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42 Responses to Updated list of BBC network radio URLs

  1. Mike says:

    Where did you find this list of the new streams? I can’t seem to find it anywhere. The reason I ask is because the BBC World Service stream is no longer working for me, and I was hoping to find new World Service stream or to find a comprehensive list.

    • blogmywiki says:

      I think I made this list because I couldn’t find one either! Will investigate World Service, that was still working for me after the domesric networks stopped working.

  2. Ian Haynes says:

    The following link for the BBC World Service is still working:


  3. bbconetwo says:

    Hi can you help im trying to find a stream i can add as a url to tunein radio? Im blind so id like to listen to bbc tv 1 & 2 on this can you please help?
    thank you in advance

  4. Bbconetwo says:

    Hi thanks for the response I’m wanting the bbc TV channels bbc 1 and 2 so I can use them as a custom url on my tunein radio thanks you in advance

  5. Bbconetwo says:

    Hi I’m interested in bbc TV channels 1,2,3 as I’m blind I use tunein radio but it won’t stream on my iPhone properly so I’d like to use a custom url
    Thank you

  6. George says:

    It works on Volumio (Raspberry Pi) with the MPD-player.

  7. Mark says:

    Thanks for this list. Just was using my net radio and found all the old links now working. Still trying to get a good link in the new format for Radio Scotland. Let me know if you have it or how you deduced these. Thanks!

  8. Mike says:

    Thanks for this for this very useful list. It was the lack of this information that somewhat curbed my enthusiasm to build a Pi Internet radio, a project I was intending to start, as I live abroad and I shall be moving to a region of the country where radio reception is very poor. The hardware and software elements seemed feasible, even for my low level of skill, thanks to various fine tutorials, but it was the last piece of the puzzle that was lacking. Now all I have to do is find a similar list for the national stations I usually pick up easily where I’m living now – only one of those is audible on an ordinary radio in the area I’m moving to – and I’ll be away! Many thanks,


  9. andrew says:

    Thanks, Thanks, Thanks! I could not record my favourite radio stations on screamer radio for a long time. Thanks to You I finally can! Greetings from Poland,

  10. Chrislayeruk says:

    These links work with Roon. Thank you. Do you have links for BBC local radio?

  11. Chrislayeruk says:

    Thanks, I’ll try it. Roon is amazing they do a free trial. Read up on it at Roon labs.

  12. d says:

    How did you find the links, please? Very useful for mplayer (linux) and the command terminal

  13. Bernard says:

    You seem to have missed this one out from your list:
    BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

  14. Dan says:

    Do you know the streaming url for BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, by any chance? I’d love to listen to the cricket test match commentary on my Soundbridge! Thank you.

  15. Paul Webster says:

    FYI – If you used LMS (Logitech Media Server) via, for example, PiCorePlayer, then you would benefit from the station stream URLs being maintained by 3rd-party (TuneIn – formerly known as Radio Time) – with the big benefit that you can also access the Listen Again programmes.

  16. Chris P Bacon says:

    Hi anybody got a working one for Radio Live 5 Extra


    as this one not working for me

    thanks / Appreciated

    Chris P

  17. Mohassin hassan says:

    Please provide me stream of BBC Urdu I am waiting to get it from you

  18. Mohassin hassan says:

    Please anyone here provide BBC URDU STREAMING ID TO PLAY ON VLC PLAYER

  19. Mohassin hassan says:

    Only find this not sure is it live streaming or podcast of BBC Urdu

  20. Rich Robinson says:

    Stoke is a repeat of somerset – just change somer to stoke ….. But thanks for the great list!!

  21. Ohh!! I think I lost BBC but that list helps me so much to get the correct one I love to listen https://harrypottermusicbox.com/ to this all time.

  22. Arun says:

    Just wondering the BBC links (at the top) are the 320K ones or 128? National links are supposed to be 320K but just making sure.

  23. Roland says:

    Thanks a lot for providing these infos. Much appreciated!!

  24. Frederick says:

    This list was very very useful to me, and I loved reading your very interesting blog; nothing to do with teaching or indeed radio broadcasting: I’m a retired French doctor, and spend half of my time in St Lucia where I miss(ed) the BBC programs I listen to every day in Le Havre.

  25. scarlett says:

    This is old but it still works :) thank you

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