1986 in British radio
This is a list of events in British radio during 1986.
- 1 Events
- 2 Station debuts
- 3 Changes of station frequency
- 4 Closing this year
- 5 Programme debuts
- 6 Continuing programmes
- 7 Ending this year
- 8 Births
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- The Home Office sanctions six experiments of split programming on Independent Local Radio. Up to ten hours a week of split programming was allowed. These include Welsh language programmes on Marcher Sound, Asian programming on Leicester Sound and rugby league commentary on Viking Radio.
- 5 January – Michael Parkinson takes over as host of Desert Island Discs following the death last year of Roy Plomley.
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- 7 April – Derek Jameson takes over The Radio 2 Breakfast Show breakfast show from Ken Bruce.
- 13 April – Bruno Brookes takes over as the host of the UK Singles Chart.
- 18 April – Mike Read presents his final Radio 1 Breakfast Show after five years in the hot seat.
- 5 May – Mike Smith takes over the Radio 1 breakfast show. The same day also sees Radio 1 begin broadcasting on weekdays 30 minutes earlier, at 5.30am.
- 28 June – Radio Victory goes off air. It was the first commercial radio station to loose its licence.
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- 25 August – An early evening service of specialist music programmes launches on the BBC's four local radio stations in Yorkshire. The programmes are broadcast on weeknights between 6pm and 7.30pm.
- 30 September – BBC Radio Jersey begins experimental broadcasting of States of Jersey proceedings. The broadcasts are made a permanent feature from 25 November.
- 12 October – After three months of non-stop music, Ocean Sound begins broadcasting. Replacing Radio Victory in East Hampshire, but also introducing commercial radio to Southampton, Winchester and the Isle of Wight, the station transmits with split frequencies; Ocean Sound West on 103.2FM and 1557AM and Ocean Sound East on 97.5FM (former 95FM transmitter for Radio Victory) and 1170AM, the former AM transmitter of the former ILR station.
- November – Following its purchase of Northants 96, Chiltern Radio launches a networked service called ’’The Hot FM’’. The service is broadcast on three ILR licenses.
Changes of station frequency
|Station||Moved from||Moved to|
|BBC Radio Humberside||96.9FM||95.9FM|
|BBC Radio Cleveland||96.6FM||95.0FM|
Closing this year
- 28 June – Radio Victory
- Sunday Half Hour (1940–2018)
- Desert Island Discs (1942–Present)
- Down Your Way (1946–1992)
- Letter from America (1946–2004)
- Woman's Hour (1946–Present)
- A Book at Bedtime (1949–Present)
- The Archers (1950–Present)
- The Today Programme (1957–Present)
- Sing Something Simple (1959–2001)
- Your Hundred Best Tunes (1959–2007)
- Farming Today (1960–Present)
- The World at One (1965–Present)
- The Official Chart (1967–Present)
- Just a Minute (1967–Present)
- The Living World (1968–Present)
- PM (1970–Present)
- Start the Week (1970–Present)
- Week Ending (1970–1998)
- You and Yours (1970–Present)
- I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue (1972–Present)
- Good Morning Scotland (1973–Present)
- Kaleidoscope (1973–1998)
- Newsbeat (1973–Present)
- The News Huddlines (1975–2001)
- File on 4 (1977–Present)
- Money Box (1977–Present)
- The News Quiz (1977–Present)
- Breakaway (1979–1998)
- Feedback (1979–Present)
- The Food Programme (1979–Present)
- Science in Action (1979–Present)
- Radio Active (1980–1987)
- In Business (1983–Present)
- Sounds of the 60s (1983–Present)
- Delve Special (1984–1987)
- After Henry (1985–1989)
Ending this year
- 25 February – Jameela Jamil, model, and television and radio presenter
- 1986 in British music
- 1986 in British television
- 1986 in the United Kingdom
- List of British films of 1986