Digital radio with Sky

Sky is the most popular pay-TV provider and satellite service in the UK. Although best known for its range of television channels, it’s possible to listen to digital radio with Sky. There are more than 50 digital radio stations on the service.

Sky users can already access the full range of radio channels through their Sky digibox, regardless of receiver type and subscription. Freesat from Sky users can also access the same line-up of channels.

Listening to radio on Sky

Radio channels on Sky can be accessed through the TV guide or directly with a channel number.

Information about a radio programme on the Sky EPG
Information about a radio programme on the Sky EPG

To listen to radio through TV Guide, press the tv guide button on the top of the remote control. Press select to enter the TV Guide, then the left button twice to see the list of radio channels. Press the down button to scroll through the radio channels, then select to listen to the chosen radio station.

Alternatively from any TV or radio channel you can enter the number of a radio channel, if you know it. We’ve compiled a full list below.

Unlike DAB digital radio there isn’t scrolling text with additional information, such as the name of the currently playing song or the next programme. General information about the current on-air programme or station is shown.

The audio quality of radio channels on Sky is very good. Older Sky receivers have analogue RCA (phono) out connections so that an amplifier or hifi system can be used to listen to radio channels with the television switched off. Newer Sky+HD receivers and Sky Q boxes have an optical audio output.

Freesat from Sky

Freesat from Sky is a digital television platform which uses Sky set-top boxes to receive free television and radio channels. The service can be purchased for £254 including installation, or a viewing card can be purchased for £25 if equipment is already installed.

As all digital radio stations on Sky are ‘free to air’, i.e. available for free without a subscription, the line-up of radio channels is the same as with a Sky subscription.

There are more radio channels on Freesat from Sky than Freesat or Freeview.

Digital radio channels on Sky

Around 55 digital radio stations are available on Sky and Freesat from Sky.

All of the BBC’s national and regional services are available, but not the BBC local radio stations. Popular radio stations including Heart, Capital, Kiss, Magic and Radio X are available in addition to digital only Planet Rock, Absolute 80s and Jazz FM.

Some of the newest national radio stations, such as talkRADIO and Mellow Magic, are not currently available via satellite.

Number EPG Name Radio Station Name
0101 BBC R1 BBC Radio 1
0102 BBC R2 BBC Radio 2
0103 BBC R3 BBC Radio 3
0104 BBC R4 FM BBC Radio 4 (FM)
0105 BBC R5L BBC Radio 5 live
0106 Classic FM Classic FM
0107 Absolute Absolute Radio
0108 talkSPORT talkSPORT
0109 Capital Capital
0110 Planet Rock Planet Rock
0111 Heart Heart
0112 Heart 80s Heart 80s
0113 Radio X Radio X
0114 Capital XTRA Capital XTRA
0115 BBC WS BBC World Service
0116 BBC R Scot. BBC Radio Scotland
0117 BBC R Wales BBC Radio Wales
0118 BBC R Ulster BBC Radio Ulster
0119 BBC Asian BBC Asian Network
0120 BBC 6 Music BBC Radio 6 Music
0121 Gold Gold
0122 WRN Europe WRN Europe
0124 LBC LBC
0128 Smooth Smooth Radio
0130 Panjab Radio Panjab Radio
0131 BBC R4 Ex BBC Radio 4 Extra
0137 BBC R1X BBC Radio 1Xtra
0138 TWR Trans World Radio
0139 BBC R n Gael BBC Radio nan Gàidheal
0143 BBC R4 LW BBC Radio 4 (LW)
0144 BBC R5SX BBC Radio 5 live sports extra
0146 Heart Dance Heart Dance
0147 EWTN Catholic EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network
0150 Sukh Sagar Sukh Sagar Radio
0151 Khushkhabri Radio Khushkhabri
0154 BBC R Cymru BBC Radio Cymru
0160 RTÉ Radio 1 RTÉ Radio 1
0164 RTÉ 2FM RTÉ 2FM
0165 RTE Lyric fm RTÉ lyric fm
0166 RTE R na G RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta
0169 Desi Radio Desi Radio
0178 Kiss Kiss
0180 Magic Magic
0188 Hits Radio Hits Radio
0200 Absolute 80s Absolute 80s
0201 Absolute 90s Absolute Radio 90s
0202 Jazz FM Jazz FM
0203 Classic Rock Absolute Classic Rock
0210 Newstalk Newstalk
0211 BFBS Radio BFBS Radio
0215 Virgin Radio Virgin Radio
0216 Scala Radio Scala Radio
0217 Heart 90s Heart 90s
0219 BBC Cymru 2 BBC Radio Cymru 2
0220 BBC R Foyle BBC Radio Foyle
0221 LBC News LBC News