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BBC Radio Surrey was a BBC Local Radio station covering the county of Surrey in England which broadcast from 1991 to 1994. The station officially commenced broadcasting on 14 November 1991.


In the late 1980s, with the BBC Local Radio network nearing completiton, a management team was appointed for 'BBC Radio Surrey and Berkshire', the plan being to have two separate stations with their own identities, but with shared resources, and some shared programming. But then in 1990, as part of a plan to save £3 million, the BBC announced that BBC Radio Surrey would instead launch as an opt-out service of BBC Radio Sussex, with BBC Radio Berkshire an opt-out of BBC Radio Oxford. (The station for Dorset was cancelled altogether).

BBC Radio Surrey went on air initially on Saturday 6 September 1991 for coverage of a cricket match between Surrey and Hampshire - this was simply a relay of Radio Solent's coverage. The station finally went on air officially at 6.00am on Thursday 14 November 1991. At launch it broadcast 43 hours a week of its own programming from its studios on the campus of the University of Surrey in Guildford. The remainder of the output came from either its sister station BBC Radio Sussex, or from the BBC South & East network.

Just over a week after launch BBC Radio Surrey presented its first Children in Need programme, and breakfast presenter John Terrett and travel reporter Christina King also made a brief appearance on the South...
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