Today (BBC Radio 4)

BBC Radio 4's long-running early morning news and current affairs programme

Today, also called The Today Programme, is a British early-morning news radio programme broadcast on BBC Radio 4. It started in 1957 on the BBC Home Service. It is broadcast Monday to Friday 6:00a.m. to 9:00a.m.; and 7:00a.m. to 9:00a.m. on Saturdays. It is one of the most popular programmes on BBC Radio 4.[1] There are political interviews and reports; and also the religious Thought for the Day. It was voted the most influential news programme in Britain.[2] Around 7 million people listen to it every week.[3][4]

GenreNews, current events, and factual
Running time
  • Weekdays: 06:00–09:00
  • Saturday: 07:00–09:00
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Home stationBBC Radio 4
Hosted by
Edited byOwenna Griffiths
Recording studio
Original releaseOctober 28, 1957; 63 years ago (1957-10-28) – present
WebsiteProgramme Website


  1. "Wogan's listenership close to 8m". BBC News. 2 February 2006.
  2. "BBC News tops MPs' survey". BBC Newswatch. 14 April 2005.
  3. Progressive Media International (19 May 2016). "Rajar radio figures round-up: Radio 4's Today loses 300,000 listeners following departure of Jim Naughtie". Press release. Retrieved 24 November 2016. "According to figures released by Rajar, it had an average reach of 6.8m listeners per week in the first three months of 2018, compared with 7.1m in the first quarter of 2015." 
  4. Sherwin, Adam (2016-08-04). "Brexit effect helps BBC Radio 4 Today programme win record audience". Today’s weekly audience soared to 7.35m listeners [...] The figure exceeded the programme’s previous record high of 7.18m in 2011, according to figures from listening bureau Rajar.