Oneword Radio was a British commercial digital radio station
featuring books, drama, comedy,
children's programming, and
discussion. The station was
available in the UK via digital radio (DAB) and digital television (Freeview DVB-T and
Sky Digital DVB-S) and was streamed
on the internet 24 hours a day worldwide.
Ownership was shared between UBC Media
and the UK's Channel 4
and December 2007
. In October 2005 Channel 4 increased its stake to
a majority by buying 51% of Oneword for £1 million. Oneword carried
the Channel 4 Radio
broadcast at 7.30 on weekday mornings, The Morning Report, which is
produced by the Channel 4 news team.
removed OneWord from their
channel lineup on 4 October 2007. Oneword
was not on ex-Telewest at the time.
In December 2007 Channel 4 decided to withdraw its funding, selling
its share back to UBC Media Group
for £1. All programming was replaced by repeats of previous output.
On January 1, 2008 the remaining staff were dismissed. Oneword
ceased broadcasting on DAB on Friday January 11, 2008.
After broadcasting ended, birdsong
was broadcast on
the channel until a permanent replacement, Amazing Radio
, came on air on 1 June 2009. It
has been claimed that the audience for the station was higher while
the birdsong was playing than when the station was broadcasting
- Channel 4 plans digital radio station,
August 27, 2004
- Investors turned off by returns on digital
Times, December 9, 2007
- Change or die, says Oneword owner, The
Guardian, 4 January 2008
- Forum posting from former Programme Manager
confirming dismissal of staff and imminent closure, 1 January
- Birdsong radio taken off air, BBC
News, 1 June 2009