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BBC Radio 1Xtra
Broadcast areaUnited Kingdom United Kingdom - National
FrequencyDAB: 12B
Freeview: 701
Freesat: 701
Sky: 0137
Virgin Media: 907
Tiscali TV: 601
Live Stream Real/WM
First air dateAugust 16, 2002
Format Urban and hip hop
Audience share0.3%[1] (September 2008)
Owner BBC,
BBC Radio
Sister stationsBBC Radio 1

BBC Radio 1Xtra, (formerly 1Xtra or 1Xtra from the BBC) is a digital UK radio station from the BBC. It specialises in new black music, sometimes called urban music. The station was launched at 6pm on August 16, 2002. It was called Network X during the planning period. It is the sister station to BBC 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

Typical music includes largely British and North American hip hop, grime, bassline, garage, dubstep, drum and bass, bashment, soca, reggae, gospel music, bhangra 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

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."


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