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BBC Radio 7, broadcasting on DAB digital radio, digital TV and online at

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BBC Radio 7 (known until 4 October 2008 as BBC 7) is a British digital radio station broadcasting comedy, drama, and children’s programming nationally 24 hours a day. It is the principal broadcasting outlet for the BBC’s vast archive of spoken-word entertainment, and was established specifically to enable the contents of the BBC Sound Archives to be broadcast. It is the most listened to BBC digital radio station, with 834,000 listening to it in the second quarter of 2009.

Programmes qualify for broadcast on Radio 7 if they are either three years old or more, or if they have previously been broadcast twice on their original station. However, even if a programme fulfils these criteria, there may be copyright issues preventing it from appearing on BBC Radio 7. However, programmes made exclusively for the station are exempt from this rule.

The schedule spans the decades, from The Goon Show (1950s) and Round the Horne (1960s), through Radio 2 favourites like The News Huddlines, Castle’s On The Air and Listen to Les to recent Radio 4 shows such as Little Britain and Dead Ringers.

As a speech network, BBC Radio 7 was unique from the start in carrying no news, with the exception of a daily bulletin aimed at younger listeners presented by the Newsround team at 07:55 on weekdays. Adopting a very informal style of presentation, its continuity announcing team are associated with themed blocks of programming and are promoted as personalities & presenters in their own right.

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