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BBC Oxford
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Headquarters Oxford
Broadcast area Oxfordshire
south Northamptonshire,
Buckinghamshire and Wiltshire
Nation BBC English Regions
Regions BBC South
TV Transmitters Oxford
Radio Stations
in this area
BBC Oxford95.2fm
Key people Steve Taschini
(Executive Editor)
Websites BBC Oxford

BBC Oxford is a BBC local multimedia service, covering Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, South Northamptonshire, the Cotswolds and Swindon. It provides local television news (BBC Oxford News) on BBC 1 each weekday, broadcasts a mixture of local news, talk and music on BBC Oxford 95.2 FM and produces a local news and features site at bbc.co.uk/oxford.

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Television

BBC Oxford News was established in 2000 with the world’s first Video Journalists (VJs), it broadcasts from the Oxford transmitter on analogue, DSAT and DTT to 1.5 million people. The news bulletins come from a television studio in Summertown, Oxford, served by a team of 22 staff including 10 VJs and a professional crew.

The main presenter is Geraldine Peers who is supported by Jerome Sale, Sejal Karia and more recently Charlotte Stacey and Claire Price.

Radio

BBC Oxford 95.2fm is a BBC Local Radio station, which opened on October 29, 1970 as BBC Radio Oxford. It broadcasts on 95.2 MHz VHF FM from the Oxford transmitter and serves the county of Oxfordshire. It broadcasts live from its Summertown studios on weekdays from 5am-7pm before joining shared programmes across the South. The station broadcasts for over 13 hours on Saturday and 19 hours on Sunday, providing programming for other BBC local stations in the South and South East.

BBC Oxford produces its own news service from its offices in Oxford with a regional reporter based in the north of the county and regular reports and outside broadcasts from around Oxfordshire. The weather service is provided by a team in Southampton.

It was recently announced that former Thames Valley Tonight presenter, Wesley Smith is to join BBC Oxford 95.2fm for a regular radio programme on Saturdays 12-2pm. The show will be a look back at the week’s news and the best of the station’s output.

Online

BBC Oxford provides a local online news, sport and features service on their website at bbc.co.uk/oxford. The Where I Live site was launched for BBC Oxford in July 2001 and contains articles on local history, people, places and nature as well as a supporting site for the local radio service[1].

Since the autumn of 2008 the online news service for bbc.co.uk/oxford has been based in Summertown (previously in Southampton) and provides up to the minute news for Oxfordshire as well as links to the Listen Again and Watch Again services for BBC Oxford 95.2fm and BBC Oxford television News.

On the site there are also links to the BBC Weather services and local travel news including “Jamcams” showing local traffic hotspots (provided by the Highways Agency).

In 2009 it was revealed that the audience share for the radio station had fallen by 50% over the past 12 months. These official figures were compiled by RAJAR (Radio Joint Audience Research). It showed Radio Oxford with an audience share of 4.1%. The same time in 2008 the figure was 8.2%. The average for BBC local radio is 9.4%. The main competition, Heart Radio Oxfordshire (formerly Fox FM), recorded an audience share of 10.4%.

History

On April 9, 1996, it was merged with Radio Berkshire to form BBC Thames Valley FM. But this proved very unpopular and audiences fell sharply in both counties. On February 14, 2000 it was launched again as Radio Oxford, although some output is shared with Radio Berkshire, and in the evenings output is shared also with other BBC local radio stations in the South and South-East of England.

Despite the name, the radio station is intended to serve the whole of the county of Oxfordshire, not just the city of Oxford, and the radio station used to play slogans such as "In Oxford, Abingdon and Banbury, it's your voice", or a similar slogan using another three places in the county (not necessarily including Oxford).

In October 2004, BBC Radio Oxford relaunched with a new lineup. It was designed to make the station more upbeat, and appeal more to the younger generations. To help with this, a new sung jingle package replaced the five-year-old previous one.

In April 2008 the word radio was removed from the station's name and its branding was combined with that of South Today Oxford (now BBC Oxford News) on BBC One.

Presenters

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Radio presenters

  • Bill Heine (Weekday drivetime 4-7pm)
  • Bill Rennells (Sunday nights 10pm-1am)
  • David Allen (Saturday nights - simulcast with stations in the BBC South and BBC South East regions)
  • Dave Cash (Saturday evenings - simulcast with stations in the BBC South and BBC South East regions)
  • Dave Gilyeat (BBC Oxford Introducing - Saturdays 6-7pm)
  • Joel Hammer (Weekdays 5-7am and Sundays 11am-2pm)
  • Henry Wymbs (Sunday afternoons 2-5pm)
  • Jerome Sale (Sport)
  • Jo Thoenes (Weekday afternoons 1-4pm)
  • Wesley Smith (Saturday 12noon-2pm)

Television presenters

  • Geraldine Peers
  • Jerome Sale
  • Sejal Karia
  • Charlotte Stacey
  • Claire Price

Weather presenters

  • Reham Khan
  • Georgie Palmer
  • Alexis Rogers
  • Sara Thornton

Past presenters

External links


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