1997 in British radio

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This is a list of events in British radio during 1997.

Events[edit]

January[edit]

  • January – Chris Evans leaves the Radio 1 breakfast show after being sacked.
  • 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.[1][2]
  • January – Leicester Sound moves frequency (from 103.2 to 105.4) and increases transmitter power.
  • 30 January – Speaking on BBC Radio 1 in defence of Brian Harvey, musician Noel Gallagher claims that drugs are "like getting up and having a cup of tea in the morning".[3]

February[edit]

  • February – Emap launches a network of Magic stations on its MW frequencies across the north of England. They replace stations such as Great North Radio and Great Yorkshire Gold.
  • 17 February – Mark and Lard become the Radio 1 breakfast show's new presenters.

March[edit]

April[edit]

  • 5 April – Pick of the Pops returns to the BBC. The programme is aired on Saturday afternoons with Alan Freeman returning as host. The programme had last been on the BBC on BBC Radio 1 at the end of 1992 and throughout most of the intervening period it had been broadcast on Capital Gold.

May[edit]

  • No events

June[edit]

July[edit]

  • 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.

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

  • 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

November[edit]

  • No events

December[edit]

  • 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.

Station debuts[edit]

Closing this year[edit]

Deaths[edit]

  • 26 June – Charlie Chester, 83, stand-up comedian and TV and radio presenter

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wynn Davies, Patricia (18 January 1997). "East 17 singer sacked for making ecstasy remarks – News". The Independent. Independent Print Limited. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "London Pop Star Apologizes For Ecstasy Remarks". MTV News. Mtv.com. 17 January 1997. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Drugs are like a cup of tea, says Noel – News". The Independent. Independent Print Limited. 30 January 1997. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Hong Kong's farewell to the Archers ... from Pete and Dud". The Independent. Independent Print Ltd. 16 April 1997. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Peter Allen: BBC 5 live should speak for the 'have-nots'". BBC News. BBC. 28 March 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2014.