BBC Radio 1Xtra

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BBC Radio 1Xtra
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Broadcast area United Kingdom - Nationally via Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB)
Slogan BBC Radio 1Xtra – Hip Hop, RnB, Grime, Dancehall, Afrobeat, Drum n Bass – championing UK and international underground diverse music
Frequency DAB: 12B
Freeview: 701
Freesat: 701
Sky (UK only): 0137
Virgin Media: 907
First air date 16 August 2002
Format Urban and hip hop, R&B, soul, drum and bass, dancehall and garage
Owner BBC
Sister stations BBC Radio 1

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Website BBC Radio 1Xtra

BBC Radio 1Xtra (also known simply as 1Xtra) is a digital radio station in the United Kingdom from the BBC specialising in urban music. Launched at 6 pm on 16 August 2002, it had been codenamed Network X during the consultation period and is the sister station to BBC Radio 1. The station is broadcast from the 8th floor of New Broadcasting House, shared with Radio 1 and the Asian Network.

Since mid-2017, 1Xtra's management has been merged with that of BBC Asian Network. Head of BBC Asian Network Mark Strippel was given joint control of both stations.

Music policy[edit]

Typical music includes largely British, North American, Caribbean and African hip hop, grime, bassline, garage, dubstep, drum and bass, UK funky, house, dancehall, soca, reggae, gospel music, bhangra, soul, and R&B. It is available on digital radio (DAB), digital satellite television, digital terrestrial television (Freeview), and the Internet. The first ever track played on 1Xtra was a specially created track produced by DJ Skitz and Rodney P and featuring Beverley Knight and Blak Twang. The show was presented by the Rampage DJ collective and the station's then breakfast show host, Female DJ KC.[1]

News and speech[edit]

As part of its public service broadcasting remit, 1Xtra is required to carry a significant amount of news, information and speech content. 1Xtra had its own news service, 1Xtra News (formerly known as 'TX'), which was operated as a subsidiary of Radio 1's Newsbeat operations. The tone and style of the news presentation is in keeping with the station's overall target audience - young and predominantly urban.[2]

Initially, in addition to regular hourly bulletins, TX had a flagship weekday two-hour news, features and discussion show under the title 'TX Unltd' (pronounced 'Unlimited').[3] This show - initially broadcast in a 5 pm – 7 pm slot - rated poorly, however, and was later absorbed into a mixed music-and-speech format (similar to that used by Jeremy Vine on Radio 2) which aired in mid-afternoon (2 pm – 4 pm) and was named after its host, female DJ Max.[4]

In 2009, the BBC Trust agreed to a further change to the scheduling of news content on 1Xtra, such that it could use the same format successfully operated by Radio 1's Newsbeat: two 15-minute news bulletins, one in the middle of the day and another in the early evening, with other speech features, profiles and social/cultural specials being broadcast on an ad-hoc basis within music-led shows, and with regular hourly news bulletins also continuing. The Trust required that 1Xtra's main bulletins not air at the same time as those on Radio 1.[5] When the new bulletins were introduced in late summer 2009, they aired at noon and 5 pm, with Radio 1's bulletins remaining at 12:45 pm and 5:45 pm.

As of Summer 2009 it was reported that Radio 1 and 1Xtra were carrying shared news bulletins at weekends;[6] weekday news output remained separate.

September 2012 saw a substantial increase in Newsbeat bulletins simulcast with Radio 1. Weekday breakfast bulletins at 6 am, 7.30 am, 8 am, 8.30 am and 9.30 am remain bespoke 1Xtra broadcasts. From 10:30 am, bulletins are shared with Radio 1, including the 15-minute Newsbeat magazines at 12:45 pm and 5:45 pm.

In the first quarter of 2011, 1Xtra was part of an efficiency review conducted by John Myers.[7] His role, according to Andrew Harrison, the chief executive of RadioCentre, was "to identify both areas of best practice and possible savings."[7]

In November 2017, According to the reports Roundhouse Rising would be partnering with 1Xtra.[8]

Audience profile[edit]

1Xtra's typical audience is between 15 and 30 years old.[9] The upper age range is deliberately lower than sister station Radio 1 which is closer to 35.

According to the "Submission to the Secretary of State's review of digital channels" in March 2004, Radio 1Xtra "provides music output 24 hours a day, punctuated by bespoke BBC news bulletins and other speech output designed specifically to be pertinent to the audience."

Notable presenters[edit]

Current notable presenters[edit]

Weekday evening shows begin with MistaJam helming a three-hour multi-genre show, followed by six hours of specialist output tailored to a particular genre (e.g. UK Garage, dancehall, etc.) Between October 2009 and spring 2010, the 4 am – 6 am slot housed a replay of selected weekend specialist programming; this and the one-hour Morning Mix programme were dropped in spring 2010 and a new six-days-a-week 'early breakfast' show (4 am – 7 am) hosted by Nick Bright was introduced. (The Saturday 4 am replay of Target's Friday night show was also axed, to make room for Bright's sixth show) This has now itself been replaced by a rerun of the previous week's overnight mix show from 4 am to 6 am, giving nine hours of specialist output.

Saturday evening content (7 pm – 12 am) is now simulcast entirely with BBC Radio 1 - this allows Radio 1's flagship urban content to air on 1Xtra.

Former notable presenters[edit]


  1. ^ Wells, Matt (19 August 2002). "BBC enlists raw talent for radio station to woo black audience". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 3 May 2009. 
  2. ^ "1Xtra News homepage". 1 January 1970. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  3. ^ BBC Governors report includes a reference to TX Unltd Archived 3 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Max's 1Xtra page". Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "BBC Trust review of youth audiences, 2009 (pdf) - includes approval of 1Xtra News changes" (PDF). Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Digital Spy forums: 'Radio 1 and 1Xtra share news'". Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Andrews, Amanda (28 November 2010). "BBC enlists commercial sector help to shake up radio". The Telegraph. London. Retrieved 12 March 2011. 
  8. ^ "Roundhouse Rising partners with 1Xtra". Retrieved 10 November 2017. 
  9. ^ Archived from the original on 21 March 2005. Retrieved 21 August 2006.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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