|Broadcast area||United Kingdom|
|Frequency||DAB: 11D (Digital One)
Sky Digital: 0127
Oneword Radio was a British commercial digital radio station featuring books, drama, comedy, children's programming, and discussion. The station was available in the UK via digital radio (DAB) and digital television (Freeview DVB-T and Sky Digital DVB-S) and was streamed on the internet 24 hours a day worldwide. It was launched on 2 May 2000.
Ownership was shared between UBC Media Group and the UK's Channel 4 between early 2005 and December 2007. In October 2005 Channel 4 increased its stake to a majority by buying 51% of Oneword for £1 million. Oneword carried the Channel 4 Radio daily news broadcast at 7.30 on weekday mornings, The Morning Report, which was produced by the Channel 4 news team.
In December 2007 Channel 4 decided to withdraw its funding, selling its share back to UBC Media Group for £1. All programming was replaced by repeats of previous output. On 1 January 2008 the remaining staff were dismissed. Oneword ceased broadcasting on DAB on Friday 11 January 2008.
After broadcasting ended, birdsong was broadcast on the channel until a permanent replacement, Amazing Radio, came on air on 1 June 2009. It has been claimed that the audience for the station was higher while the birdsong was playing than when the station was broadcasting normally.
- "Oneword Radio unveils launch schedule". Broadcast Now. 18 April 2000. Retrieved 18 December 2009.
- Channel 4 plans digital radio station, The Guardian, 27 August 2004
- Investors turned off by returns on digital radio, The Times, 9 December 2007
- Change or die, says Oneword owner, The Guardian, 4 January 2008
- Forum posting from former Programme Manager confirming dismissal of staff and imminent closure, 1 January 2008
- Two digital radio stations to close, The Guardian, 10 January 2008
- "Birdsong is Back". Digital One. 2008-01-11. Retrieved 2008-02-13.
- Birdsong radio taken off air, BBC News, 1 June 2009
- Mahoney, Elisabeth (2008-02-07). "Cheep and cheerful – the new radio hit". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2008-09-16.