Newspapers and Magazines
It's not easy for papers of any kind to compete with free internet news sources these days, but Oxford still manages to support a few (alongside a number of community-produced newsletters). The most popular locals are the Oxford Times, the city's broadsheet-style (tabloid-sized) weekly, and the Oxford Mail, a tabloid-style daily. Many homes also receive free papers (whether willingly or not) including the Oxford Star. The Newsquest Group is responsible for all three of the aforementioned publications, and plenty more countywide, whilst the Courier Group produces additional titles including the Oxford Journal (a free pick-up paper formally known as the Oxford Courier, est. 1972) and Oxford Living (a glossy lifestyle magazine).
Amongst the other free publications on offer you will find neighbourhood papers such as the Jericho Echo and the North Oxford Association's NOA news, and numerous nightlife-related magazines (usually launching in October only to plunge into receivership by January). The only one of the latter to stay the course, being a reliable guide to live music locally, is Nightshift, a black-and-white magazine available free at music venues, chip shops etc. (or downloadable from their website, which features an online message board).
The 30,000 or so Oxford University students have, in term time, the weekly rival papers the Cherwell and the Oxford Student, the termly magazine Isis, and their college noticeboards (on which about 5,000 of them daily will see the large coloured sheets of Daily Information, in which we must confess some interest). Oxford Brookes University don't seem to have a paper, as far as we can discern, but they do have their own internal television channel - Brookes TV - which can be viewed on large screens across their campus, on the Brookes Buses and online. The content is produced by their own media students.
BBC Radio Oxford. Broadcasts on 95.2FM; sounds a lot like BBC Radio 2. (Which we quite like, now we're getting on a bit.)
Jack FM. Broadcasting on 106.8 and 106.4 FM across Oxfordshire. Born in October 2007, Jack offers music for adults in Oxfordshire, with a good playlist covering the 60s to today. Sounds like BBC Radio 2 drivetime narrated by the anarchic voice of Little Britain. Runs a lot of fun, locally-focussed offers and promotions.
Heart FM. Formerly the long-standing Oxfordshire station Fox FM. (See description of Jack FM, above, yet remove irony.) Broadcasts on 102.6 and 97.4 MHz FM.
Glide FM 1079 (formerly 'Passion'). Plays the latest in chart, dance and R'n'B for the younger end of the pop market.
OX105FM (formerly OX4, on 87.9FM): for 'non-stop jammz'. East Oxford's community radio station, with full time scheduling since early 2012. Emphasis on very local, usually music-related, activity, with late night drum and bass / house music of a fairly bangin' nature.
Six TV was Oxford's shortlived free-to-air local TV station, broadcasting daily from a site on the Woodstock Road. It died in 2009.
Clicking on the links above will take you to pages of information that often contain more - or at least as much - content as do the programmes/publications with which they are associated. Daily Info does not carry news content, as such (unless you count our enormous user-added reviews section, and our lovely in-house features :) ), but we are at least on Twitter and Facebook these days. One of the better organised forms of this new kind of news provision is Oxford Indymedia, a local branch of an international network of 'alternative' media. You can add your own stories.