BBC Radio 1Xtra

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BBC Radio 1Xtra
Broadcast areaUnited Kingdom United Kingdom - National
SloganOn air. On the ground.
FrequencyDAB: 12B
Freeview: 701
Freesat: 701
Sky: 0137
Virgin Media: 907
Tiscali TV: 601
Live Stream Real/WM
First air date16 August 2002
Format Mainstream urban, electronica, soul, R&B
Audience share0.3%[1] (September 2008)
Owner BBC,
BBC Radio
Sister stationsBBC Radio 1

BBC Radio 1Xtra (also known as 1Xtra) is a digital British contemporary black music station from the BBC. The station was launched at 6pm on 16 August 2002. It was called Network X during the planning period. It is the complement station to Radio 1 and is broadcast from the same building as Radio 1 - Yalding House in central London. This is part of the BBC's massive Broadcasting House complex of radio studios and other offices.

Music policy[change | change source]

The playlist generally includes British, Caribbean, African and North American hip hop, grime, bassline, garage, dubstep, funky, drum and bass, bashment, 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. It has its own news team: 1Xtra News.

Audience profile[change | change source]

1Xtra's audience is usually aged between 15 and 30 years old.[2] 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, 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."

References[change | change source]

  1. RAJAR listening figures
  2. "BBC 1Xtra". Archived from the original on 21 March 2005. Retrieved 27 October 2008.

Other websites[change | change source]