BBC Radio 1Xtra

BBC Radio 1Xtra (also known simply as 1Xtra) is a digital urban contemporary and Black music radio station in the United Kingdom that is owned and operated by the BBC.[1] Launched at 6 PM on 16 August 2002, it had been code named 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.

BBC Radio 1Xtra
BBC Radio 1Xtra logo
Broadcast areaUnited Kingdom - Nationally via Digital Audio Broadcasting
SloganBBC Radio 1Xtra – Hip Hop, RnB, Grime, Dancehall, Afrobeat, Drum n Bass – championing U.K. and international underground diverse music
On air. On the ground.
FrequencyDigital Audio Broadcasting: 12B
Freeview: 701
Freesat: 701
Sky UK: 0137
Virgin Media: 907
First air date16 August 2002
FormatElectronica, hip hop, R&B, soul
Sister stationsBBC Radio 1

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WebsiteBBC Radio 1Xtra

Music policy

BBC Radio 1Xtra's music includes largely British, North American, Caribbean and African hip hop, grime, bassline, UK 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 5-hour show was presented by the Rampage DJ collective and the station's then breakfast show host, KC.[2]

News and speech

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.[3]

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').[4] 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, Max.[5]

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.[6] 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;[7] 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.[8] His role, according to Andrew Harrison, the chief executive of RadioCentre, was "to identify both areas of best practice and possible savings."[8]

In November 2017, According to the reports Roundhouse Rising would be partnering with 1Xtra.[9]

Audience profile

1Xtra's typical audience is between 15 and 30 years old.[10] 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

Current notable presenters

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.

Weekday overnights (1 am – 3 am), Saturday overnights (1 am – 4 am) and Saturday evenings (7 pm – 1 am) are now simulcast entirely with BBC Radio 1 - this allows Radio 1's flagship urban content to air on 1Xtra.

Former notable presenters


  1. ^ "Inside the BBC: BBC Radio stations". BBC. Archived from the original on 10 January 2019. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  2. ^ Wells, Matt (19 August 2002). "BBC enlists raw talent for radio station to woo black audience". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 3 May 2009.
  3. ^ "1Xtra News homepage". 1 January 1970. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
  4. ^ BBC Governors report includes a reference to TX Unltd Archived 3 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Max's 1Xtra page". Retrieved 4 August 2012.
  6. ^ "BBC Trust review of youth audiences, 2009 (pdf) - includes approval of 1Xtra News changes" (PDF). Retrieved 4 August 2012.
  7. ^ "Digital Spy forums: 'Radio 1 and 1Xtra share news'". Retrieved 4 August 2012.
  8. ^ a b Andrews, Amanda (28 November 2010). "BBC enlists commercial sector help to shake up radio". The Telegraph. London. Retrieved 12 March 2011.
  9. ^ "Roundhouse Rising partners with 1Xtra". Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  10. ^ "Submission for the Secretary of State's review of the BBC's new digital radio services". BBC. March 2004. Archived from the original on 21 March 2005. Retrieved 21 August 2006.

External links

1Xtra Chart

The 1Xtra Chart was a weekly record chart based on sales of singles in the United Kingdom. It listed the 40 biggest-selling urban music songs released within a three-month time period, and featured genres such as hip hop, R&B, dancehall and rap. The chart was compiled by the Official Charts Company (OCC) on behalf of the UK music industry, and each week's new number one was announced on The 1Xtra Chart with Adele Roberts at 1 p.m. on Saturdays on BBC Radio 1Xtra. Adele Roberts took over from Sarah-Jane Crawford in spring 2012, and it had been hosted by Ronnie Herel until December 2010. The chart was also listed on the official websites of both BBC Radio 1 and the OCC.

The 1Xtra Chart was launched during October 2007. Its first number one was "Valerie" by Mark Ronson featuring Amy Winehouse.

Amplify Dot

A.Dot (born Ashley Charles; 9 April 1988), also known as Amplify Dot or Dotty, is a rapper and broadcaster from South London, England. She has been a radio presenter on BBC Radio 1Xtra since 2014 and co-presenter of the BBC One show Sounds Like Friday Night since October 2017.

In 2001, at the age of fourteen, Amplify Dot performed a freestyle at a Missy Elliott concert at the Brixton Academy after Elliott asked if anyone in the audience could rap. She describes this as a defining moment that led her to pursue a career as a professional artist.Amplify Dot gradually built a reputation in the UK grime and hip hop scenes, featuring on the grime track "Game Over Female Takeover" (2010), and self-releasing the mixtape Born Ready (2011) and the EP Short Back and Sides (2012), which entered the iTunes Hip Hop Chart. She also launched her own clothing label, Quiff Head, in conjunction with London street-wear brand House of Hoxshore.In June 2012, Amplify Dot signed a recording contract with Virgin Records and a publishing contract with Sony ATV, with Music Week reporting that she was the first female rapper in the UK to secure a major-label deal in over a decade. Soon after signing to Virgin, she released the Spare Parts mixtape, which she said contained tracks that were not going to make the cut for her debut album but that she was still keen for people to hear. This was followed in 2013 by the Spare Parts II mixtape hosted by UK radio personality Charlie Sloth. In December 2013 she presented her own radio show as part of the Xtra Talent series on BBC Radio 1Xtra and was offered a regular presenting slot in 2014. She hosted Saturday's 4-7pm, Weekends 1-4pm and Weekday Afternoons 1-4pm all before she replaced Twin B and Yasmin Evans as host of the weekday breakfast show in July 2016.Amplify Dot has collaborated with artists and producers including Busta Rhymes, Emeli Sandé, Zane Lowe, Krunchie, Show N Prove, Chris Loco, Fraser T. Smith, Midi Mafia, Beatfreakz, Kano, Gyptian, and Ms Dynamite. She has also performed with Lioness and Lady Leshurr as part of the all-female crew 367, including on a remix of the Ms Dynamite single "Neva Soft" (2011).In 2017, she will co-present Sounds Like Friday Night, a new primetime music show for BBC One with Greg James. In 2018 she appeared on the BBC program I'll Get This.

Benji B

Benji B is a British DJ and radio presenter. He presents a weekly radio show on BBC Radio 1 in the 1 am – 3 am slot Wednesday nights / Thursday mornings previously inhabited by Mary Anne Hobbs. He also previously presented a weekly radio show called Deviation on Couleur 3 a national Swiss radio station.

He is a co-producer on Kanye West's track 'Fade' from his Life of Pablo album.

Charlie Sloth

Charlie Rouillon, known professionally as Charlie Sloth is an English DJ, producer and TV presenter who was born in Camden Town and raised in Somers Town, North West London, England.

Clara Amfo

Clara Amfo is a radio presenter in the United Kingdom. She currently presents the mid-morning show on BBC Radio 1, which she took over from Fearne Cotton on 25 May 2015.

Crissy Criss

Chris Williamson (born 6 May 1987), better known by his stage name Crissy Criss is a British DJ, Producer & Presenter who was part of the BBC Radio network BBC Radio 1Xtra. He has also worked under the moniker Dead Exit.

Crissy Criss is the stepson of Kenny Ken and was born in Newmarket, Suffolk and raised in Leytonstone.

DJ Semtex

DJ Semtex (born John Fairbanks; 1974) is an English DJ, author, radio DJ and presenter of Spotify's Who We Be podcast. Between 2002 and 2018 he was presenter for BBC Radio 1Xtra's weekly hip-hop show.

David Rodigan

David Michael Rodigan MBE (born 24 June 1951) is a British radio DJ who also performs as a disc jockey. Known for his selections of reggae and dancehall music, he has played on stations including Radio London, Capital 95.8, Kiss 100, BBC Radio 1Xtra, BBC Radio 2 and BFBS Radio.

Friction (musician)

Ed Keeley, better known by his stage name Friction, is a drum and bass producer and DJ from Brighton, England. He runs his own record labels, Shogun Audio & Elevate Records, and has formerly presented a regular overnight show on BBC Radio 1.

Live Lounge

The Live Lounge is a segment on the British radio stations BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra. Originally hosted by Jo Whiley on her mid-morning radio show and then by Fearne Cotton from 2009 until 2015. It is now hosted by Clara Amfo, she has been the host since May 2015. It exhibits well-known artists usually performing one song of their own and one by another artist, in an acoustic format. The 'Live Lounge' itself is also a physical room in the Radio 1 studios, from where some of the performances are broadcast; however, due to its size, many are done from the BBC Maida Vale Studios. From 2009, Trevor Nelson began hosting Live Lounges on his BBC Radio 1Xtra show, and was replaced in that slot by DJ Ace in 2017.The songs chosen as cover versions are often a completely different genre to that which the artist usually performs, and offer a new perspective on the original. Jamie Cullum's cover of Pharrell Williams's "Frontin'" led to Cullum being signed to Pharrell's label Star Trak when played to him at a later visit to The Jo Whiley Show, and was added to his 2003 album Twentysomething.


Peter Dalton (born 19 January 1983), known professionally as MistaJam, is a British DJ and radio presenter for BBC Radio 1, joining in 2008, and BBC Radio 1Xtra, previously joining them in 2005. He is the host of the Drivetime show (Monday to Thursday, 16:00–19:00) on BBC Radio 1Xtra and the Dance Anthems (Saturdays, 16:00–19:00) on BBC Radio 1.

Ms. Dynamite

Niomi Arleen McLean-Daley (born 26 April 1981), better known as Ms. Dynamite, is an English rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer. She is the recipient of the Mercury Music Prize, two Brit Awards and three MOBO Awards.

Nick Bright

Nick Bright is a British Radio and television presenter. He currently hosts Saturday mid mornings on BBC Radio 1Xtra, The Squad on BBC Radio 5 Live, Sundays at midday, numerous different projects for BBC Sport and the Arsenal Matchday Show.

Ras Kwame

Ras Kwame is a British musician, record producer, radio DJ and presenter of Ghanaian heritage.

Sarah-Jane Crawford

Sarah-Jane Crawford is an English television and radio presenter, actress, voice-over artist, and DJ best known for her radio work with Hits Radio and formally with BBC Radio 1Xtra, and television work with E! Network (which she is currently a host for), ITV2 on The Xtra Factor, BBC and Channel 4. Crawford has also presented and appeared a number of shows for the Disney Channel and MTV.

Crawford has been a vegan since 2015 and is releasing a vegan app called Viappi in November 2017.

Tim Westwood

Timothy William Westwood (born 3 October 1957) is an English DJ and presenter of radio and television. He is often referred to by other DJs and artists appearing on his shows simply as Westwood. He presented the MTV UK show Pimp My Ride UK. In 2013, Westwood left BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra after nearly twenty years and returned to Capital Radio.

Toddla T

Thomas Mackenzie Bell (born 22 February 1985), better known by the stage name of Toddla T, is an English DJ, record producer, remixer and songwriter from Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.

Trevor Nelson

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Zena McNally

Zena McNally (born 8 March 1979) is an English radio presenter and member of girl-group Mis-Teeq. McNally co-presented the breakfast show on the BBC Radio 1Xtra alongside Trevor Nelson. She is a former member of the group Mis-Teeq, featuring on their first single and also a solo singer. McNally lives in the United States.

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