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The BBC broadcasts all of the BBC One and BBC Two regional variations on digital satellite television from the SES Astra satellites at 28.2° east;[1] providing local news programmes and other regional programming with local continuity and presentation for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The BBC refers to the whole UK regional network as "BBC Nations and Regions".[2]

The local version of BBC One is normally on channel 101, with BBC Two on channel 102. On Freesat equipment, users enter a postcode during initial set up—this determines the correct local version. On Sky equipment, the address to which the viewing card was issued determines the correct local version—without any viewing card the London versions are shown by default.[3] All other national and regional versions are shown in the EPG.


From the launch of digital satellite on 1 October 1998 until 31 March 2001, there were four variants (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) of both BBC One and BBC Choice carried on all digital platforms. Only one version of BBC Two was available digitally, and this was shown throughout the UK. The BBC English regions gradually became available via Digital Terrestrial Television (Freeview) over the next few years, as did the national versions of BBC Two.

On digital satellite television, regional news programmes on BBC One were replaced by UK Today until 28 January 2002 when additional transponder space was allocated the English regions. Initially programmes were available as an interactive service via the red button and only for the five largest English regions; London, North West, South, West Midlands and Yorkshire[4] On 30 May 2003 the BBC stopped encrypting its TV channels on digital satellite and made all regions available as standard, full-time channels.[1]

BBC regional services and channel numbers[edit]

BBC Nations and Regions map, showing the approximate terrestrial coverage for each region. The numbers refer to the older numbers used on the Sky EPG. Note Channel Islands says 998 instead of 988.

See also List of BBC regional news programmes

BBC One[edit]

Regional news inserts are broadcast in BBC Breakfast and after national news bulletins, with the main 30-minute programme on weekday evenings at 6.30pm.

In England—other than regional news programmes—regional opt-outs include the documentary strand Inside Out, Late Kick Off, a regional segment of Sunday Politics and in the northern regions (those based in Hull, Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle) The Super League Show.

Elsewhere, additional local programming is broadcast; (notable examples include Give My Head Peace and Spotlight in Northern Ireland, River City and Sportscene in Scotland and Belonging and Crash in Wales) with network programmes rescheduled to accommodate them.

BBC One HD started broadcasting on 3 November 2010. There are currently four regional variations – a network variant for England, a Northern Ireland variant that launched on 24 October 2012,[5] a Scottish variation that launched on 14 January 2013 and a Welsh variation that launched on 29 January 2013.[6]

BBC One Nation/Region News programme Freesat[7] Sky[3] Map code
London London News 950 954 LDN
South West (Channel Islands) BBC Channel Islands/Spotlight 951 968 CI
East Midlands East Midlands Today 952 960 NO
East (Norwich) Look East 953 961 NC
East (Cambridge) Look East 954 962 CB
North West North West Tonight 955 958 MR
North East and Cumbria Look North (Newcastle) 956 955 NT
Northern Ireland Newsline 957 953 NI
South (Oxford) Oxford News 958 965 OX
South East South East Today 959 963 TW
Scotland Reporting Scotland 960 951 Scotland
South (Southampton) South Today 961 964 SO
South West (Plymouth) Spotlight 962 967 PY
West Midlands Midlands Today 963 959 BM
Wales Wales Today 964 952 Wales
West Points West 965 966 BS
Yorkshire Look North (Leeds) 966 956 LS
Yorkshire and Lincolnshire Look North (Hull) 967 957 HL
England HD N/A 972 976 England
Scotland HD Reporting Scotland 973 977 Scotland
Wales HD Wales Today 976 978 Wales
Northern Ireland HD Newsline 978 979 NI

BBC Two[edit]

Scotland has regional programming such as Newsnight Scotland and Gaelic-language programmes. Northern Ireland and Wales also have regional programming, but on digital TV there is only a single BBC Two service for England.

BBC Two Nation Freesat[7] Sky[3]
England 968 969
Northern Ireland 969 972
Scotland 970 970
Wales 971 971


  1. ^ a b "BBC goes in the clear on digital satellite" (Press release). BBC. 12 March 2003. Retrieved 23 March 2010. The BBC today (Wednesday 12 March 2003) announced that from 30 May it will, for the first time, broadcast its eight TV channels unencrypted on digital satellite. The BBC national services in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, plus, for the first time, all 15 regional variations of BBC ONE in England will all be available on DSAT. It also means that the BBC will save an estimated £85 million over the next five years because it will no longer be using BSkyB's Conditional Access system. 
  2. ^ "Key Facts, BBC Nations and Regions". BBC Press Office. BBC. August 2004. Retrieved 29 August 2007. 
  3. ^ a b c "BBC channel numbers on Sky". Help Receiving BBC TV and Radio. BBC. Retrieved 23 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "English Regions launch first phase of digital satellite news service" (Press release). BBC. 10 January 2002. Retrieved 22 March 2010. 
  5. ^ "BBC - Help receiving TV and radio - Satellite frequencies of BBC channels". Retrieved 20 October 2010. 
  6. ^ "Launching BBC One Scotland HD and BBC One Wales HD". BBC. 11 January 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "BBC channel numbers on Freesat". Help Receiving BBC TV and Radio. BBC. Retrieved 23 March 2010. 

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