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BBC Radio Oxford

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BBC Radio Oxford
BBC Radio Oxford logo 2020.svg
Broadcast areaOxfordshire
Frequency95.2 FM
DAB: 10B
Freeview: 722
FormatLocal news, talk, music and sport
OwnerBBC Local Radio,
BBC South
First air date
29 October 1970
Former names
BBC Thames Valley FM (1996–2000)
Former frequencies
95.0 FM
WebsiteBBC Radio Oxford

BBC Radio Oxford is the BBC's local radio station serving the county of Oxfordshire.

It broadcasts on FM, DAB, digital TV and via BBC Sounds from studios in the Summertown area of Oxford.

According to RAJAR, the station has a weekly audience of 75,000 listeners and a 5% share as of September 2021.[1]


BBC Oxford radio car at the Cowley Road Festival 2010
BBC Oxford radio car at the Cowley Road Festival 2010
  • Early 1970 - Oxford was chosen as a location for BBC local radio and premises in Summertown found at 242-254 Banbury Road. The site is known as Barclay House and was previously a Rolls Royce showroom.
  • Mid 1970: Staff were recruited, a small number with BBC experience but mostly local people, and the studios at Summertown are built.
  • September 1970 - On air staff trained at The Langham Hotel in London
  • Early October 1970 - Three weeks of test transmissions begin.
  • 29 October 1970 - BBC Radio Oxford officially begins transmission at 5 pm on 95.0 MHz VHF.
  • 31 December 1970 - Radio Times lists BBC Radio Oxford programmes for the first time.
  • 5 October 1972 - Due to high demand by residents who did not have VHF/FM on their radios, BBC Radio Oxford begins broadcasting on 202 metres medium wave (1484 kHz). The station would also be available on the local cable network on 'Rediffusion Channel A'.
  • 26 June 1973 - BBC Radio Oxford moves its VHF frequency to 95.2 MHz to avoid interference with BBC Radio London on 94.9 MHz.
  • 22 May 1976 - The station opens its studios to the public for an open weekend.
  • October 1980 - BBC Radio Oxford celebrates 10 years on air by publishing a magazine.
  • April/May 1989 - BBC Radio Oxford moves to purpose built studios at 269 Banbury Road, Summertown.
  • 9 April 1996 - Radio Oxford merges with BBC Radio Berkshire to form the short-lived BBC Thames Valley FM. Local programming is restricted to separate news bulletins for the two counties.
  • 14 February 2000 - Radio Oxford is revived, although most output continues to be shared with Radio Berkshire.
  • 2004 - BBC Radio Oxford relaunches with a new line-up of presenters. By now, the station has regained a full line-up of local programming.
  • April 2008 - The station is rebranded as BBC Oxford 95.2FM as part of a relaunch involving the regional TV news programme BBC Oxford News (previously South Today Oxford).
  • October 2010 - The station celebrates its 40th anniversary and reverts to the Radio Oxford branding.
  • 21 December 2012 - BBC Radio Oxford's DAB service is launched.[2][3]


Local programming is produced and broadcast from the BBC's Oxford studios from 6am - 10pm on weekdays, from 6am - 6pm and 8-9pm on Saturdays and from 6am - 6pm and 10pm - 1am on Sundays.

Off-peak programming, including the late show from 10pm - 1am, originates from BBC Radio Solent in Southampton and BBC Radio Berkshire in Reading.

During the station's downtime, BBC Radio Oxford simulcasts overnight programming from BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio London.


Notable current presenters include:

Notable past presenters

See also


  1. ^ "RAJAR". RAJAR. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  2. ^ The airwaves go digital. thisisoxfordshire. 22 December 2012
  3. ^ NOW Digital - Oxford. Archived 26 June 2014 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 5 January 2013

External links

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