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. Taylor Newspapers publishes the Oxfordshire Guardian group of papers, covering Oxford, Witney, Abingdon, Didcot, Wallingford and Wantage & Grove. The latter four areas are also covered in the Herald series.
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). In 2009, The Ocelot expanded to create an Oxford edition that can be found in pubs and other venues across the city.
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 University also has an online publication dedicated to arts and humanities called The Oxford Culture Review. Oxford Brookes have a yearly magazine called Observe.
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.
Jack FM 2 (formerly 'Passion' and most recently 'Glide FM'). Plays the latest in chart, dance and R'n'B for the younger end of the pop market.
Destiny 105.1 FM (formerly OX105FM): for 'non-stop jammz'. East Oxford's community radio station since early 2012. Emphasis on very local, usually music-related, activity, with late night drum and bass music of a sizeably 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.
That's TV Oxford has taken over from Six TV. It's still getting off the ground but watch this space.
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, Instagram 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.