Virgin Radio UK

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Virgin Radio UK
Broadcast area United Kingdom
Slogan It's All About The Music
Frequency DAB: 11A
First air date 30 March 2016 (2016-03-30)
Format Hot Adult Contemporary
Language(s) English
Sister stations

Virgin Radio UK is a national radio station in the United Kingdom that launched on 30 March 2016, owned by Wireless Group.[1] It is the second incarnation of Virgin Radio in the UK: the original station launched in 1993 before being rebranded as Absolute Radio in 2008.


The station was launched at 11:00 on 30 March 2016 on a Virgin Train by Edith Bowman and Matt Richardson and the first song played was a live cover version of David Bowie's song "Changes" by Gavin James.

Virgin Radio UK broadcast at launch to c.75% of the UK population via the Sound Digital DAB ensemble, and also broadcasts via Online Streaming to computers, mobile device applications and Internet Radios.

The broadcasts are presented live from 06:00 to 23:00, and then music is played back-to-back overnight with pre-recorded announcements from rotating presenters from the day.

On 3 September 2018, Chris Evans announced that from January 2019 he will be moving to Virgin Radio after 13 years on BBC Radio 2.[2]

Notable presenters

Current presenters

Former presenters

External links

  • Official website


  1. ^ "18 radio stations confirmed for new DAB multiplex". Radio Today. 3 February 2016. Retrieved 11 February 2016. 
  2. ^ Savage, Mark (3 September 2018). "Chris Evans to leave Radio 2 breakfast". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 3 September 2018. 

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