BBC Northern Ireland 

BBC Northern Ireland is the main public service broadcaster in Northern Ireland. The organisation is one of the three national regions of the BBC, together with BBC Scotland and BBC Cymru Wales. 


It covers online, television , and radio.Based at Broadcasting House, Belfast, it provides television, radio, online and interactive television content and currently employs 700 people, largely in Belfast.

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BBC NI operates two television stations;

  • BBC One Northern Ireland
  • BBC Two Northern Ireland

BBC has its own team of continuity announcers which introduce all programmes on BBC One and BBC Two in Northern Ireland.

BBC NI makes some of its own programmes itself. However, unlike the radio stations, the television stations' content is for the most part identical to that broadcast by the BBC One and BBC Two channels in England. 

Most local programmes are broadcast on BBC One Northern Ireland.

Regional television

BBC Newsline is the regional news service.  The main bulletin daily is from 18.30–19.00 with shorter bulletins at 13.30 and 22.25.  Summaries are also broadcast during Breakfast and the early afternoon (all the BBC regions broadcast their own regional news simultaneously before all the networks reconnect to the national network for a national weather broadcast).

Examples of BBC Northern Ireland coverage include:

  • BBC Newsline, television news bulletins
  • Regional political programmes, notably Spotlight, Hearts And Minds and Lets Talk.
  • Regional arts programmes and Regional weekend chat shows;
  • specialist coverage of events such as the U.S. President visiting. 
  • Coverage of the Orange parades on 12 July, St. Patrick's Day parades on 17 March, etc.
  • Comedy notably Give My Head Peace, Dry Your Eyes.

Republic of Ireland

BBC One Northern Ireland and BBC Two Northern Ireland are widely available across the border in the Republic of Ireland. These channels are carried on all digital platforms in the Republic. 

BBC One NI and BBC Two NI are also available terrestrially in the Republic in counties close  to the border.



BBC NI operates two radio stations:

  • BBC Radio Ulster, which broadcasts throughout Northern Ireland, and
  • BBC Radio Foyle, which broadcasts to the North West of Northern Ireland


The online service provides News, Sport, Schools, Learning and Programme information for television and radio programmes. It provides a streaming audio service for Radio Ulster and Radio Foyle as well as every programme on demand for up to a week after transmission. is part of BBC Online and operated from the Belfast base. 

It also provides multi platform interactivity for TV programmes including the annual Schools' Cup Rugby union and GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) finals.

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