Public File

Station name

RNIB Connect Radio

Community to be served

Blind and partially sighted people, and others who struggle to access printed news and information such as people with dyslexia or learning difficulties, across the UK.

Licence area

Across the UK, online at, on Freeview channel 730 and on 101 Mhz (FM) in the Glasgow area.

Character of service

RNIB Connect Radio’s main programming goal is to provide information to blind people which they would ordinarily struggle to access - broadcasting a high level of news, current affairs debates and public service information. Feature material plays a vital role in the programming make up, providing blind people with specialist information, such as health advice, in an entertaining and informative manner.


RNIB Connect Radio is primarily a speech-based service, with around 65% of programming dedicated to topical discussion, news and literature. Programming is focused on providing a visual picture of news and information, to provide blind people with access that is denied to them when published in print.

  • Live programming output will typically comprise 65% speech and the remainder music ('speech' excludes advertising, programme / promotional trails and sponsor credits).
  • Insight Radio will usually broadcast a live 9-hour schedule from 0800-1700 hours Monday – Friday. 8 hours of this output will usually be produced locally. Programming at weekends will be a compilation of material voice-tracked initially with plans to increase the level of live output to weekends in time.
  • Programmes will be presented by blind and/or partially sighted individuals at all times. Blind and/or partially sighted producers will also be involved in broadcast output.
  • Speech output will typically include news and current affairs, a newsread/ magazine supplement focusing on human interest issues, an audio books programme, feature programming on issues such as health, technology and business, and programmes from other regions/ countries that will be of relevance to the target community. The music played is varied, from the 1940s through to present day.


If you have something to say about RNIB Connect Radio, contact us by email or by writing to:

RNIB Connect Radio
17 Gullane Street
G11 6AH