THE BBC is teaming up with manufacturers, retailers and a loneliness charity to offer free DAB radios to the most vulnerable people aged over 70.

BBC Local Radio is giving away DAB radios to people nominated by listeners. It is part of the BBC’s Make A Difference campaign, launched in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, and is running across all 39 BBC Local Radio stations in England.

From Monday, March 30, anyone can nominate someone for a free radio by completing an online application form.

The radios have been donated by Argos, Currys PC World, John Lewis & Partners, Pure and Roberts Radio and will be distributed by loneliness charity Wavelength, who provide technology to those in need.

Duracell UK will provide batteries.

WaveLength chief executive, Tim Leech said: “WaveLength has been fighting loneliness for the last 80 years. We are delighted to come together with all partners to help provide radios to those over 70s most in need. This is what Wavelength was born to do!”

Tony Hall, director-general of the BBC, said: “Local radio is a lifeline at this time and has never been more important as a source of trusted local news and information, and also as a companion for people who are isolating. Make A Difference is already having a huge impact right across the country with 28,000 thousand calls in just five days. It is offering support and practical solutions to people who have nowhere else to turn.

“We want everyone who needs access to the radio to have it, that’s why we’re giving away DAB radios.

"I’m proud we’ve been able to coordinate this initiative with our partners who have been so generous in offering their resources.”

Kesah Trowell, head of corporate social responsibility for Currys PC World, said: “We’re pleased to be a part of this partnership.

“Older members of our communities are already particularly vulnerable to feelings of loneliness and isolation, but with the added fear of the coronavirus and no visits from friends or family, we hope these radios will not only keep them up to date with local and national news, but also help to keep them entertained and provide a source of comfort during this difficult time.”

Anyone can nominate someone for a free radio by completing an online form at wavelength/radiohero

For more information on the free DAB radio scheme go to