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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.

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.

mapEditorial area:UK
show_chartAudience figures1,254,000 listeners per weekRAJAR December 2016
eventLaunched:1 September 1997
storeNational salesGlobal
card_membershipMembers ofRadiocentre
historyFormer names104.9 Xfm
97.7 Xfm
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Postal address30 Leicester Square
+44 20 7766 6000
+44 330 333 3100
Official website
Main emailinfo@thisisglobal.com
Personal emailfirstname.lastname@thisisglobal.com

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Adrian Bodenham Engineer
Alex Jones Broadcast Engineer
Chris Baughen Programme Director
Chris Moyles Presenter
Clint Boon Presenter
Dan O'Connell Presenter
Dave Masterman Producer
Dave Cribb Producer
Dominic Byrne Journalist
Elis James Presenter
Gordon Smart Presenter
Jack Oliver Saunders Presenter
Jo Good Presenter
John Kennedy Presenter
John Robins Presenter
Johnny Vaughan Presenter
Lliana Bird Presenter
Mark Farrington Broadcast Engineer
Matt Deverson Managing Editor
Matt Gray Broadcast Engineer
Mike Walsh Head of Music
Pippa Taylor Breakfast Producer
Rich Walters Presenter
Ricky Wilson Presenter
Ross Buchanan Presenter
Simon Conway Journalist
Sunta Templeton Music Journalist
Toby Tarrant Presenter
Vernon Kay Presenter

…at Global

Adam Johnson Director of Marketing
Andy Jones South Regional News Editor
Anna Harding Yorkshire and North East Regional News Editor
Ashley Tabor Founder and Executive President
Ben Poor Creative Technologist
Byrion Smith Creative Technologist
Emma Corsham Tech Op
Graham Sarath Commercial Director
James Rea Group Head of News
John Wilson Head of Commercial and Digital Design
Mike Gordon Chief Commercial Officer
Richard Park Group Executive Director and Director of Broadcasting
Simon Blake Senior Engineer
Stephen Miron Group CEO
Stuart Mays Director of Commercial Strategy
Zach Watson Social Media Producer

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