BBC Radio 4 Extra was previously known as BBC Radio 7. It's a UK digital radio station from the popular brand, BBC. The station broadcasts archived repeats of drama, comedy and documentary programmes 24/7. BBC Radio 4 Extra is the sister station of BBC Radio 4. The main broadcaster of BBC's spoken-word archive since most of the station's programming is from the archive. The station also broadcasts extended and similar programmes to those aired on Radio 4. They also do a "catch-up" service for some programmes.
BBC Radio 4 Extra was launched in December 2002 and back then was called BBC 7. Initially, the station used to broadcast a mix of archive drama, comedy and children's radio. It was then renamed BBC Radio 7 in 2008 and relaunched in April 2011 as Radio 4 Extra. By 2013, the station had a weekly audience of 1.642 million people. By the end of 2016, the numbers had risen to 2.184 and a 1.2% market share.
After the station's relaunching as Radio 4 Extra, the first programme broadcast was at 8 pm. Known by the codename 'Network Z' during the development stages reflected the station's presence online. As a matter of fact, this was the first digital radio station owned and operated by British Broadcasting Corporation. The radio showcases the best shows in comedy, drama and entertainment. Their programmes include panel games, quizzes, sitcoms, satire, life stories, stand-up, science fiction, fantasy and classics from archives. You can listen to BBC Radio 4 Extra on FM/DAB or online for the best comedy and drama shows.