This is a list of events from British radio in 1946.
- 5 March – Have A Go with Wilfred Pickles and his wife, Mabel, is introduced; it is the first British quiz show to offer prizes (although these are limited to a few pounds and some home-made produce). Initially broadcast as Have a Go, Joe! on BBC Home Service North until August, from 16 September it is produced by BBC Manchester for national transmission on the Light Programme.
- 24 March – BBC Home Service radio in the UK broadcasts Alistair Cooke's first American Letter. As Letter from America, this programme will continue until a few weeks before Cooke's death in 2004.
- The BBC's regional director for Wales tells Welsh MPs that there is "not enough talent... to sustain a full continuous programme".
- 29 September – The BBC Third Programme launches at 6pm. The evenings-only service is devoted to broadcasting classical music and programming about the arts.
- 7 October – The BBC Light Programme transmits the first episode of the daily magazine programme Woman's Hour (initially presented by Alan Ivimey), which will still be running 75 years later.
- The BBC begins broadcasting a 2-month comedy series Heigh-Ho, its first script by Frank Muir, featuring Peter Waring, Kenneth Horne and Charmian Innes, and produced by Charles Maxwell; no further series is commissioned after Waring's criminal convictions come to light.
- The BBC adopts the Paris Theatre, a former cinema in London's Regent Street, as a studio for recording comedy and other shows before a live audience.
- Bush DAC90 bakelite radio introduced in the UK: it becomes the best-selling model for some years.
Closing this yearEdit
Continuing radio programmesEdit
- 25 January – Pete Price, Merseyside media personality and radio presenter
- 4 February – Peter Allen, radio broadcaster
- 18 February – Michael Buerk, journalist and broadcast presenter
- 22 March – Jonathan James-Moore, radio comedy producer (died 2005)
- 11 April – Bob Harris, broadcast music presenter
- 17 April – Henry Kelly, Irish-born broadcast presenter
- 7 May – Michael Rosen, children's poet and radio presenter
- 26 May – Simon Hoggart, journalist and broadcaster (died 2014)
- 26 August – Alison Steadman, comic actress
- 7 October – Jenny Abramsky, BBC Director of Audio and Music
- 13 October – Edwina Currie, Conservative politician, author and radio personality
- Sue Limb, scriptwriter