September 30, 1967: BBC Radio 4 goes on air

BBC Radio 4 is a radio station owned and operated by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) that broadcasts a wide variety of spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history. It replaced the BBC Home Service at 6.35am on September 30, 1967.

It is notable for its news bulletins and programmes such as Today and The World at One, heralded on air by the Greenwich Time Signal “pips” or the chimes of Big Ben. Radio 4 broadcasts the Shipping Forecast.

Programme Highlights on BBC Radio 4

  • September 30, 1967 at 6.35am – Farming Today
  • September 30, 1967 at 8.15am – From Our Own Correspondent
  • October 1, 1967 at 12.05pm – Any Questions?
  • October 1, 1967 at 1.00pm – The World This Weekend
  • October 2, 1967 at 1.00pm – The World at One
  • October 6, 1967 at 3.30pm – Any Answers?
  • October 24, 1967 at 8.45am – Yesterday in Parliament
  • April 6, 1970 at 9.05am – Start the Week
  • April 6, 1970 at 5.00pm – PM
  • April 6, 1970 at 10.00pm – The World Tonight
  • April 10, 1970 at 9.15pm – Analysis
  • June 10, 1970 at 12.00pm – You and Yours
  • April 11, 1972 at 12.25pm – I’m Sorry, I Haven’t a Clue
  • October 5, 1972 at 8.00pm – The Last Goon Show of All
  • May 11, 1974 at 11.30am – Science Now
  • September 28, 1974 at 6.15pm – Stop the Week
  • January 1, 1975 at 1.00pm – The World at One
  • January 3, 1975 – Letter from America
  • June 9, 1975 at 2.25pm – Experimental broadcasts from The House of Commons
  • January 4, 1975 at 7.02pm – Quote…Unquote
  • January 5, 1975 at 1.00pm – The World This weekend
  • September 3, 1976 at 4.05pm – A Good Read
  • April 30, 1977 at 8.10am – Sport on 4
  • July 8, 1977 at 6.30pm – Going Places
  • September 6, 1977 at 6.30pm – The News Quiz
  • October 1, 1977 at 5.05pm – Does He Take Sugar?
  • October 2, 1977 at 11.30pm – Money Box
  • October 26, 1977 at 7.20pm – File on 4/File on Four
  • March 8, 1978 at 10.30pm – The Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • April 3, 1978 at 2.25pm – Following the experimental broadcasts in 1975, BBC Radio 4 began full broadcasts of Parliament.
  • November 23, 1978 at 12.15am – Shipping Forecast
  • April 1, 1979 at 10.15am – Feedback
  • September 29, 1979 at 9.05am – Breakaway
  • September 30, 1979 at 12.30pm – The Food Programme
  • April 1, 1980 at 10.05am – Medicine Now
  • March 8, 1981 at 12.00pm – The Lord of the Rings
  • February 1, 1983 at 8.35pm – In Business
  • January 4, 1986 at 10.30am – Loose Ends
  • June 25, 1986 at 7.20pm – Face the Facts
  • February 21, 1994 at 3.00pm – Anderson Country

Sources

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