Wikidata:Property proposal/Broadcast Radio Bearer URI

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Broadcast Radio Bearer URI[edit]

Originally proposed at Wikidata:Property proposal/Authority control

DescriptionIdentifier linking Wikidata item to the broadcast parameters for a transmission
Data typeExternal identifier
Domainradio station (Q14350), DAB ensemble (Q5204199)
Example 1BBC Radio 4 (Q795598)dab:ce1.ce15.c224.0
Example 2Tay FM (Q3516431)fm:ce1.c6b1.09640
Example 3Capital London (Q5035608)fm:ce1.c479.09580
Example 4Capital London (Q5035608)dab:ce1.c185.c479.0
Example 5BBC National DAB (Q4834852)dab:ce1.ce15 (example of DAB Ensemble)
Example 6Klassik Radio (Q1744646)dab:de0.10bc.d75b.0
SourceSeparate sources for each country: UK: Technical parameters for broadcast radio transmitters, USA: FM PI Code Allocations
Planned useStart adding bearer URIs to UK radio stations and DAB Ensembles to allow reverse lookup in Wikidata
Number of IDs in sourceUK: 2366, USA: 13588


In most countries, a government appointed agency is responsible for allocating identifiers to licensed radio stations. This property proposal aims to allow adding of these broadcast parameters and identifiers to Wikidata.

Broadcast Radio Bearer URI is a mechanism of combining identifiers together into a single composite identifier for the transmission. Radio stations may have multiple bearers.

For example the bearer URI of fm:ce1.c479.09580 is contracted using:

  • fm: FM Radio Transmission
  • ce1: Global Country Code for UK
  • C479: Ofcom (UK agency) allocated PI Code for Capital Radio
  • 09580: Transmission frequency of 95.8 Mhz

Other URIs schemes all exist for:

Broadcast Radio Bearer URI are documented in TS 103 270 v1.3.1 – RadioDNS Hybrid Radio; Hybrid lookup for radio services

Potential uses:

  • Automatic looking up of data about a radio station, including logo, based on the broadcast parameters
  • Tune to a radio station from a Wikimedia project

Njh (talk) 13:31, 12 November 2019 (UTC)


  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment As URL-datatype doesn't support the above protocols, I changed the datatype to external-ID. --- Jura 15:47, 12 November 2019 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support David (talk) 06:07, 13 November 2019 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Andy (talk) 15:32, 15 November 2019 (UTC)

@ديفيد عادل وهبة خليل 2, Andy Buckingham, Njh, Jura1: ✓ Done: Broadcast Radio Bearer URI (P7576). − Pintoch (talk) 18:21, 19 November 2019 (UTC)