1990 in British radio

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List of years in British radio (table)
In British television
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
In British music
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
In British film
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993

This is a list of events in British radio during 1990.

Events[edit]

  • 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.
  • 4 March – London's Jazz FM, a station playing mainly soul and jazz music, launches with an Ella Fitzgerald concert at the Royal Albert Hall.[1][2]
  • 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.
  • 1 June – Red Rose Radio, which was transmitted on 97.4 MHz and 999 kHz, is split into two stations – Red Rose Rock FM using the FM frequency and Red Rose Gold on the medium wave frequency.
  • 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.
  • 30 September – Mark Goodier replaces Bruno Brookes as host of BBC Radio 1’s Top 40 show.
  • Unknown – Frances Line replaces Bryant Marriott as controller of BBC Radio 2.

Station debuts[edit]

Closing this year[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Entertainment | Jazz FM goes for new smooth title". BBC News. 15 February 2005. Retrieved 11 February 2012. 
  2. ^ Graham, Stephen (9 September 2010). "Jazz breaking news: Jazz FM To Air Ella Fitzgerald Historic Albert Hall Broadcast". Jazzwise Magazine. Retrieved 11 February 2012.