Radio X

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Radio X is an alternative rock music station from Global.

The station originally launched as Xfm in 1992 as a series of short term RSLs in the Camden area of north London. In 1996, Xfm was awarded the final London wide FM licence, beating Capital Gold.

Xfm launched on 1st September 1997, the day after Princess Diana's death, which led to a low key launch, which didn't help ratings, however the independent era of the station helped launched the careers of Ricky Gervais who was the Head of Speech and his assistant Stephen Merchant who went on to write The Office and Extras for BBC Two.

Capital Radio Group acquired the station less than a year later. They attempted to introduce an AOR format similar to Virgin Radio (which Capital also tried to acquire later); this was met by resistance from Xfm's small but loyal audience; and the station's original alternative format was mainly restored with a mainstream skew targeting twenty something men.

On 7th September 2015, it was announced that Xfm would close on Sunday 13th September and relaunch as a national digital station 'Radio X' which would feature mainstream presenters such as Chris Moyles, Vernon Kay, Ricky Wilson and Johnny Vaughan and more of a male focus than before.

Radio X launched on Monday 21st September at 6.30am with the Chris Moyles Breakfast Show. Unlike Xfm, Radio X breakfast and drive have a heavy amount of speech content.

Editorial areaUK
Audience figures1,940,000 weekly listenersRAJAR September 2021
Launched1 September 1997
National salesGlobal
Members ofRadiocentre
Former names104.9 Xfm
97.7 Xfm

Contact Radio X

Postal address30 Leicester Square
+44 20 7766 6000
+44 330 333 3100
Official website

Social media

Twitter@RadioX (311,514 followers) compare
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Latest news stories

Radio X treats listeners to a free breakfast in Manchester
RadioToday - published 17 September 2021, 2.00pm bst
Chris Moyles remembers his radio stint in Milton Keynes
RadioToday - published 16 September 2021, 3.41pm bst
Noel Gallagher signs up for a new Residency show on Radio X
RadioToday - published 4 August 2021, 9.19am bst
Radio X launches podcasts offering mental health support
RadioToday - published 14 December 2020, 11.02am gmt
Sky One to air the best of Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball
RadioToday - published 26 November 2020, 1.26pm gmt

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Adam Brown Presenter
Adrian Bodenham Engineer
Alex Jones Broadcast Engineer
Chris Moyles Presenter
Dan O'Connell Presenter
Dan Gasser Presenter
Danny Wallace Presenter
Dominic Byrne Journalist
Elspeth Pierce Presenter
George Godfrey Presenter
Issy Panayis Presenter
Jack Wood Presenter
James Robinson Producer
John Kennedy Presenter
Johnny Vaughan Presenter
Lliana Bird Presenter
Matt Deverson Managing Editor
Matt Parkes-Smith Audio Producer
Michael Lavin Presenter
Mike Walsh Head of Music
Pippa Taylor Executive Producer
Polly James Presenter
Rich Walters Presenter
Russell Brand Presenter
Sunta Templeton Music Journalist
Toby Tarrant Presenter

…at Global

Adam Johnson Director of Marketing
Andrew Bailey Managing Editor (Digital) LBC and LBC News
Andy Vogel Broadcast Engineer
Ashley Tabor Founder and Executive President
Ashley Bard Group Head of Brand Production
Byrion Smith Creative Technologist
Charlotte Sullivan Senior Broadcast Journalist - East of England
Chris Baughen Managing Editor - Global Player
Darren Singer Chief Financial Officer
Graham Sarath Area Business Director
Greg Hughes Group Head of Programming Operations
Ian Hanson Chief Operating Officer
James Rea Director of Broadcasting
Lord Allen of Kensington CBE Chairman
Lucinda Horsley Journalist
Mark Findlay Group Head of Music Relations
Matt Garforth Product Manager
Matt Gray Managing Engineer (London)
Mike Gordon Chief Commercial Officer
Richard Park Senior Programming Advisor
Simon Blake Senior Engineer
Stephen Miron Group CEO
Stephen Clarke Broadcast Engineer
Tim John Head of Global's Newsroom
Will Harding Chief Strategy Officer

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