1993 in British radio
This is a list of events in British radio during 1993.
- 1 Events
- 2 Station debuts
- 3 Changes of station number
- 4 Closing this year
- 5 Programme debuts
- 6 Continuing programmes
- 7 Ending this year
- 8 Deaths
- 9 See also
- 10 References
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- 5 April – BBC Radio Bedfordshire expands to cover the counties of Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire and is renamed BBC Three Counties Radio.
- 26 April – BBC Dorset FM launches as an opt-out station from BBC Radio Devon. The station broadcasts to the west and centre of the county – east Dorset was already covered by BBC Radio Solent. This is the last BBC local radio station to launch in an area previously not covered by a BBC local station.
- 30 April – Launch of Virgin 1215, Britain's second national commercial radio station, on the old Radio 3 mediumwave frequency.
- Test Match Special's broadcasting arrangements are changed for the 1993 cricket season. The morning play is on BBC Radio 5, switching to BBC Radio 3 for the afternoon session.
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- 25 July – The last Network Chart Show goes out on Independent Local Radio.
- July – Midland Radio Plc, which owns several stations, including BRMB, is acquired by GCap Media.
- 1 August – 'Doctor' Neil Fox introduces the first Pepsi Chart, a Sunday afternoon Top 40 Countdown show for commercial radio, and based on single sales and airplay. The programme was aired until December 2002.
- 16 August – Les Ross returns to the BRMB breakfast show following a shake up of scheduling at BRMB and its sister station Xtra AM.
- 16 August – 20 September – "Loud'n'proud", a series presented by DJ Paulette on BBC Radio 1, is the UK's first national radio series aimed at a gay audience.
- 3 September – Simon Mayo leaves the Radio 1 breakfast show after five years in the chair.
- September – The Radio Authority announces that it will not be renewing LBC's licence. The new licensee is to be London News Radio, a consortium led by former LBC staff and backed by Guinness Mahon.
- October – Matthew Bannister takes over from Johnny Beerling as controller of Radio 1 and immediately makes major changes to the station's output in order to attract a younger audience. Major changes are made to the presenter line-up with long standing DJs replaced with a raft of new younger presenters.
- October-December – Mark Goodier presents the Radio 1 breakfast show, but is replaced by Steve Wright in January 1994.
- October – BBC Radio Clwyd closes although local news opt-outs continue until 2002.
- October – Sunset 102 goes into liquidation.
- 30 October – The first Essential Mix is broadcast on BBC Radio 1.
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- 23 December – BBC 2 broadcasts the Arena special "Radio Night", an ambitious simulcast with BBC Radio 4.
- 24 December – Steve Wright in the Afternoon finishes its 13-year run on Radio 1.
- 18 January – Signal Gold
- 1 March – The Bay
- 5 April – BBC Three Counties Radio
- 14 April – CFM
- 26 April – BBC Dorset FM
- 30 April – Virgin 1215
- 1 May – Ten 17
- 21 May – Star FM
- May – Country Music Radio
- 1 July – Radio Maldwyn
- 27 August – Marcher Coast
- 4 September – Wessex FM
- 7 October – Yorkshire Coast Radio
- 17 October – SGR Colchester
- 21 October – Q102.9
Changes of station number
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Closing this year
- August – Sunset 102
- 4 January – Wake Up to Wogan on BBC Radio 2 (1993–2009)
- 22 April – The Masterson Inheritance on BBC Radio 4 (1993–1995)
- 1 August – The Pepsi Chart syndicated from 95.8 Capital FM (1993–2002)
- 30 October – Essential Mix on BBC Radio 1 (1993–Present)
- 11 November – Harry Hill's Fruit Corner on BBC Radio 4 (1993–1997)
- Sunday Half Hour (1940–Present)
- Desert Island Discs (1942–Present)
- 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)
- Formula Five (1990–1994)
- The Moral Maze (1990–Present)
- Essential Selection (1991–Present)
- No Commitments (1992–2007)
- Room 101 (1992–1994)
- The Mark Steel Solution (1992–1996)
Ending this year
- 5 January – Knowing Me Knowing You with Alan Partridge (1992–1993)
- 9 February – Richard Imison, 56, Script Editor for BBC Radio Drama (1963–1991)
- 1993 in British music
- 1993 in British television
- 1993 in the United Kingdom
- List of British films of 1993
- LBC To Appeal Over Licence Decision, AM/FM News, September 1993