Radio 4 is a British radio station broadcasting news, speech content and drama. Radio 4 has a wide remit encompassing most elements of British society - music and sport and the only notable areas not covered.
Notable long-running programmes featured on BBC Radio 4 include the daily news show 'Today', 'Desert Island Discs' and the drama 'The Archers'.
Radio 4 was formerly known as the BBC Home Service until additional radio stations were launched in 1967. Radio 4 has carried the Shipping Forecast since 1978 - regular weather forecasts for shipping and gale warnings.