January - Tracks by the boy band East 17 are removed from the playlists of at least eleven radio stations following recent comments from their lead singer Brian Harvey about his use of the drug ecstasy. In an interview with Independent Radio News he had claimed to have taken twelve tablets in one evening and then driven, prompting condemnation in the House of Commons from Prime Minister John Major. Harvey was sacked from the band on 17 January, despite making a full apology for the comments.
28 July – Chris Moyles becomes the new host of the Early Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 1, a show he hosted for 13 months. This began his career at Radio 1 which would last 15 years, make him a household name, and culminate with him becoming the longest standing host of The Radio 1 Breakfast Show, doing it for 8 1/2 years before his departure in September 2012.
13 October - Mark and Lard are replaced as Radio 1 breakfast presenters by Zoë Ball and Kevin Greening. Mark and Lard are moved to an afternoon presenting slot. On the same day Chris Evans begins presenting a rival breakfast show on Virgin Radio
9 December - Chris Evans's media production company, Ginger Media Group buys Virgin Radio from Richard Branson for £85m. Branson had planned to sell the station to Capital Radio, but Evans, who had not wanted to work for the station, launched a rival bid.