1978 in British radio

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In British television
1975
1976
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1978
1979
1980
1981
In British music
1975
1976
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1978
1979
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In British film
1975
1976
1977
1978
1979
1980
1981

This is a list of events in British radio during 1978.

Events[edit]

January[edit]

  • No events

February[edit]

  • No events

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

  • 2 May – Dave Lee Travis succeeds Noel Edmonds as presenter of the Radio 1 Breakfast Show.

June[edit]

  • No events

July[edit]

August[edit]

  • No events

September[edit]

  • No events

October[edit]

  • No events

November[edit]

  • 12 November – Radio 1's Sunday teatime chart show is extended from a Top 20 countdown to a Top 40 countdown. Simon Bates is the presenter having taken over as host from Tom Browne earlier in the year.
  • 17 November – The Friday Rock Show, presented by Tommy Vance, makes its debut on BBC Radio 1.[2] Tommy remains the programme’s presenter until he moves to Virgin 1215 in April 1993.
  • 23 November –
    • All BBC national radio stations change their medium or long wave transmission wavelength as part of a plan for BBC AM broadcasting in order to improve national AM reception, and to conform with the Geneva Frequency Plan of 1975.[3][4] Radio 1's transmission wavelength is moved from 247m (1214 kHz) to 275 & 285m (1053 & 1089 kHz) medium wave. Radio 2's wavelength is moved from 1500m (200 kHz) long wave to 433 & 330m (693 & 909 kHz) medium wave. Radio 3 is moved from 464m (647 kHz) to 247m (1215 kHz) medium wave. Radio 4 is moved from various medium wavelengths to 1500m (200 kHz) long wave.
    • The shipping forecast transfers from BBC Radio 2 to BBC Radio 4 so that the forecast can continue to be broadcast on long wave.
    • BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio Wales launch as full time stations on the former Radio 4 Scottish and Welsh medium wave opt-out wavelengths of 370m (810 kHz) and 340m (882 kHz) respectively, albeit initially with very limited broadcast hours due to very limited coverage of BBC Radio 4 on FM in both countries. The establishment of separate networks was made possible when Radio 4 became a fully UK-wide network when it moved from medium wave to long wave.
    • The Radio 4 UK Theme is used for the first time to coincide with the network becoming a fully national service for the first time.

December[edit]

  • No events

Station debuts[edit]

Closing this year[edit]

Continuing programmes[edit]

1940s[edit]

1950s[edit]

1960s[edit]

1970s[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

  • 15 January – Jack Jackson, 71, trumpeter, bandleader and disc jockey

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Significant events of 1978". The National Archives. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  2. ^ BBC Genome Project BBC Radio 1 listings 17 November 1978
  3. ^ "Radio 1 History – Transmitters". Radio Rewind. Retrieved 18 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "History of Radio Transmission in the UK" (PDF). Frequency Finder. 
  5. ^ Young, Andrew (7 November 1978). "Star line-up as Radio Scotland goes pop". The Glasgow Herald. p. 4. Retrieved 1 April 2016.