A comment under a WorldBuilding.SE answer to the question What's the quickest way to tell if most of the people on Earth have disappeared? refers to the BBC Newsbeat article Trident: What are the letters of last resort? describing the instructions for the Trident nuclear submarines what to do in case Britain has been 'wiped out' by a nuclear attack:
When are the letters opened?
"The submarine has to make a judgement that the UK has been hit by a nuclear strike," according to Prof Seligman.
"The commander does that by trying to make contact with the UK via Naval Command or listening out for radio signals."
It's thought one of the key tests is whether the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 is still broadcasting.
If all the checks fail, the commander will go to the safe, remove the letter and find out what the orders are.
Is the claim correct that listening out for BBC radio signals (or more specifically the Today program) is one of the official means of determining that the UK has been hit by a large nuclear attack?