1987 in British radio
This is a list of events in British radio during 1987.
- 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 See also
- 9 References
- 3 January – BBC Radio 4’s Today programme is extended to six days a week when it launches a Saturday edition.
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- 18 May – The Yorkshire Radio Network launches. It is a networked service of evening and overnight programming, broadcast on three commercial radio stations in Yorkshire – Pennine Radio in Bradford, Viking Radio in Hull and Radio Hallam in Sheffield – providing programming every night between 8 pm, starting slightly earlier at weekends, and 6 am.
- 22 May – GWR's broadcast area expands when it launches in Bath.
- No events
- 14 July – Beacon Radio's broadcast area is increased when it starts to broadcast to Shrewsbury and Telford.
- 17 July – John Timpson chairs Any Questions? for the final time.
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- 4 September – Jonathan Dimbleby chairs Any Questions? for the first time.
- September – Around a year after the BBC's four local radio stations in Yorkshire launched an early evening series of specialist music programmes, the service is expanded. Programmes are broadcast on six nights a week (Wednesday to Monday) and the length of each programme is increased by 30 minutes. Consequently the four stations now stay on air into the mid evening as the programmes are transmitted between 7 pm and 9 pm.
- 27 October – BBC Radio 4 launches a new twice-weekly soap opera called Citizens.
- 31 October – BBC Radio 1 begins launching its FM frequency starting in London.
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- 6 December – Ocean Sound launches on a new frequency to cover Winchester and the north of its region, as reception in this area is rather poor from the 103.2 FM transmitter on Chillerton Down on the Isle of Wight. Ocean Sound North on 96.7 FM shares much of its programming with Ocean Sound West, except for a local breakfast show.
Changes of station frequency
Closing this year
- 20 April – Flying the Flag on BBC Radio 4 (1987–1992)
- 27 October – Citizens on BBC Radio 4 (1987–1991)
- 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)
- In Business (1983–Present)
- Sounds of the 60s (1983–Present)
- After Henry (1985–1989)
- Loose Ends (1986–Present)
Ending this year
- 1987 in British music
- 1987 in British television
- 1987 in the United Kingdom
- List of British films of 1987