6 January – BBC Radio 2 is available on FM on Saturday afternoons for the first time. Previously the station’s FM frequencies were loaned out at this time to BBC Radio 1 but this is no longer necessary as Radio 1 is now available on FM across almost all of the UK. The weekday late evening ‘borrow’ had ceased in October 1988.
8 January - BBC Radio 1 launches a mew 30 minute news programme News 90 which replaces the teatime edition of Newsbeat.
1 April – BBC Radio 2 becomes available on FM 24/7 for the first time following the cessation of the final ‘borrow’ – for two hours on Sundays for the UK Top 40 programme – by BBC Radio 1 of its FM frequencies.
August – Atlantic 252 starts broadcasting in the evening and is now on air from 6am until 2am.
27 August – The BBC's long awaited fifth national radio station, BBC Radio 5 is launched on the old Radio 2 mediumwave frequency. The station mainly carries sports, children's and educational programmes. It was closed and replaced by the national news station BBC Radio 5 Live in 1994.
1 September – Official launch of Kiss FM. The station had previously operated as a pirate broadcaster.