Joining UK Radio Portal (UKRP) is a simple and cost-effective way of making your radio station available to over 11 million Internet connected Freeview TV and Set-Top-Box devices, and Amazon Fire TV Sticks across the UK.
UK Radio Portal is available throughout the UK via the 80 main commercial Digital Terrestrial TV transmitters that bring Freeview TV channels to consumers homes, and on Amazon Fire Sticks via the UKRP app.
For Freeview users, no app development, downloading of apps or sign-up process is required. Everything is smoothly managed via the easy-to-use interactive TV service, which is underpinned by the UK Digital Terrestrial TV transmitter network, the Hybrid broadcast broadband TV (HbbTV) technology stack, and UK Radio Portal.
Amazon Fire TV Stick users can simply download and install the UKRP app. Details on how to do this can be found here.
Navigating and accessing radio stations via UK Radio Portal is a similar user-experience to the familiar and accepted approach of accessing content in VoD (Video-On-Demand) portals, but in case of Freevieew TVs, via channel number – channel 277.
This approach allows UK Radio Portal to provide an extensive variety of radio stations to the Freeview TV platform in an easy to use manner, regardless of radio station geographic location or genre/format.
Whether you’re a local, regional, multi-regional or national radio broadcaster operating under a UK OfCom licence, an international broadcaster, or an Internet only broadcaster, UK Radio Portal has a coverage and pricing model to suit your budget and coverage needs.
By supporting a high-quality rotation of on-screen HD images, your radio station branding and messaging will really stand out, and the flexibility to add on-screen promotional/banner advertising offers the potential to monetise this service too.
National, Regional & Multi-Region
For national, regional and multi-regional radio broadcasters, UK Radio Portal’s coverage model follows ITV’s 14 regions and 23 sub-regions, as defined in the map (left) and table (below). Radio stations can be made available to one or more regions, based on the chosen coverage.
Please contact us to find out more about joining, and to have a chat about how you can make UK Radio Portal work for your radio station.
|Service Coverage Area
|Norfolk, Suffolk, northern and eastern Essex
|Cambridgeshire, most of Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire, northeastern Hertfordshire and northeastern Buckinghamshire
|Central and northern Cumbria
|Dumfries and Galloway and Scottish Borders
|Leicestershire, central and southern Derbyshire, southern Nottinghamshire, Rutland and southwestern Lincolnshire
|Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, the West Midlands, Worcestershire and northern Gloucestershire
|Channel Islands (Freeview Lite area - Not supported)
|Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, northwestern Derbyshire, southern Cumbrian coast and western North Yorkshire
Isle of Man (Freeview Lite area - Not supported)
|Greater London, southern and western Essex, western Kent, Surrey, eastern Berkshire, southern Buckinghamshire, and most of Hertfordshire
|Central and eastern Kent and East Sussex (except southwest)
|Central and southern Hampshire, West Sussex, Isle of Wight, central and eastern Dorset, southeastern Wiltshire and southwestern East Sussex
|Oxfordshire, central and northwestern Buckinghamshire, western Berkshire, northern Hampshire, eastern Gloucestershire and southwestern Northamptonshire
(Edinburgh & the East) &
(Glasgow & the West)
Merged to form
STV Central Belt region
|Clackmannanshire, East Lothian, Edinburgh, Fife (except North East Fife), Midlothian and West Lothian
|Argyll and Bute, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Falkirk, Glasgow, Inverclyde, Lochaber, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, Stirling, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, West Dunbartonshire.
(Aberdeen & the North) &
Merged to form
STV Highlands region
|Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Highland (except Lochaber), Moray, na h-Eileanan Siar, Orkney and Shetland
|Angus, Dundee, North East Fife, Perth and Kinross
|County Durham, Northumberland, Teesside, Tyne and Wear and northern North Yorkshire
|Bristol, southern Gloucestershire, most of Wiltshire, northern fringes of Dorset and Somerset
|Devon, Cornwall and western Dorset
|East Riding of Yorkshire, most of Lincolnshire, central Nottinghamshire and northeastern Derbyshire
|South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, central and southern North Yorkshire and northern Nottinghamshire
Local & Ultra-Local
For local & ultra-local radio broadcasters, (e.g. community radio stations), UK Radio Portal’s coverage model follows the UK Local TV multiplex coverage in the areas listed below. OfCom’s theoretical coverage maps for these areas can be found by clicking on the location name.
Please note that the actual coverage at each location may vary based on technical arrangements by the local multiplex operator compared to OfCom’s theoretical assumptions. If a Local TV multiplex is not available, then regional coverage (as per the table above) will be available as an alternative option.
|Brighton & Hove
|Cumbria & Border
|Norfolk & East Coast
|Salisbury & Wessex
|Solent & South Coast
|South Midlands & Cotswolds
|Surrey & South East
|Swansea Bay & South Wales
|Tyne & Wear
OfCom Broadcast Code
Since UK Radio Portal is available to large audiences of all ages and backgrounds across the UK, UKRP endeavours to ensure that only appropriate content is made available via UK Radio Portal.
Radio stations present on the UK Radio Portal are therefore required to maintain compliance with the UK OfCom Broadcast Code for both audible and visual content, including compliance logging (recording) of audio and meeting advertising standards.
Failure to adhere to this requirement will prevent UKRP from completing the on-boarding process, and failure to maintain adherence to this requirement can result in the suspension or removal of radio services from the UK Radio Portal.
The OfCom Broadcast Code provides guidance regarding:
- Protecting the under-eighteens
- Harm and offence
- Crime, disorder, hatred and abuse
- Due impartiality and due accuracy
- Elections and referendums
- Commercial references on TV
- Commercial communications on radio
For more information, please visit: https://www.ofcom.org.uk/tv-radio-and-on-demand/broadcast-codes/broadcast-code and https://ofcom.org.uk/dtt-ip-content
As part of the on-boarding process, a copy of the radio station’s PPL (copyright) licence covering online broadcasting will also be required to be provided to UKRP. For more information, please visit: https://www.ppluk.com/music-licensing/radio-tv-and-online-licensing/
To find out more about joining UK Radio Portal, please call or contact us.