[JPL] London's Jazz FM comes back on DAB
drjazz at drjazz.com
Fri Feb 29 23:11:13 EST 2008
Jazz FM is to return on digital audio broadcasting, or DAB, radio less
than a fortnight after GCap Media announced the demise of digital
The original Jazz FM launched in London in 1990 but became an
internet-only station three years ago after its new owner, GMG Radio,
relaunched its London licence as Smooth Radio.
Now GMG Radio, part of the group that publishes MediaGuardian.co.uk,
plans to relaunch Jazz FM on DAB radio in London and the north-west.
The station's return will be a boost to DAB after GCap announced it was
pulling the plug on its digital radio operation, closing theJazz and
Planet Rock and selling its national digital radio platform, Digital One.
"DAB has come a long way in recent years and we are confident that Jazz
FM has a promising future on a digital platform," said the GMG Radio
chief executive, John Myers.
GMG Radio said Jazz FM had continued to attract a loyal following of
listeners since it stopped broadcasting on FM in London in June 2005.
The radio group added: "GMG Radio believes Jazz FM is a niche listen and
with the demise of theJazz, this is an opportunity to provide listeners
with their own jazz station 24 hours a day, rather than have it squeezed
into the Smooth Radio output through the night."
Jazz FM's switch is subject to agreement from Ofcom, with the presenter
lineup and full programme schedule of the new station due to be
GCap's theJazz began broadcasting on December 26 2006 but will be axed -
unless a buyer can be found - next month as part of the Classic FM and
Capital parent company's bid to save £9m a year.
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