Since 16 October 2000, BBC South has produced a distinct news service for the area served by the Oxford transmitter. Previously, the area was covered by Newsroom South East, which also served Greater London and the South East. As part of a three-tier restructure of regional coverage, the Oxfordshire area was transferred to the BBC South region and began dedicated opt-out bulletins within South Today. Since 2007, BBC Oxford also now produces a full 30 minute programme for transmission on Friday evenings at 6.30pm.
Along with most other BBC English regional news programmes, South Today updated its titles and graphics on 16 September 2002. Oxford opt-out bulletins were similarly branded, still broadcast from a small studio in Southampton.
Along with the main BBC South Today programme, the Oxford opt updated its titles and graphics on 1 August 2005.
BBC South Today Oxford rebranded itself in the summer of 2007, to put more emphasis on the growing BBC Oxford service. Graphics were also updated slightly.
On 21 April 2008, the South Today Oxford opt-out service was renamed as BBC Oxford News. In 2012, the branding of the programmes was rationalised as 'South Today', in line with the host service from Southampton.