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Closure of Oneword Radio and Core

article date: Friday, January 11, 2008

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Two national commercial stations closed down for the last time at midnight on Friday 11th January 2008. Oneword Radio and Core ceased broadcasting on DAB digital radio and they will also stop broadcasting on all other digital platforms. The Chief Executive of Digital One, Quentin Howard, commented "It's always very sad to see any station close down. Oneword and Core have both been highly valued by their listeners and have created some great and innovative radio. But the level of competition from the BBC and other digital commercial stations is intense and the market context has changed in unexpected ways since these two stations launched."

Oneword Radio has broadcast a schedule based on plays, books and comedy since May 2000. In addition to serialised readings, the station also broadcast discussion programmes focussed mainly on books and the popular arts. Oneword was critically acclaimed, and was a serial winner of the "Station of the Year" gold award in the digital radio category of the Radio Academy Sony Awards. Since 2005, Oneword had been jointly owned by Channel 4 Television (through its 4 Ventures division) and UBC Media. However, in recent months both investors had reviewed the business and the decision was taken to close the channel.

Listeners trying to tune into Oneword Radio after its closedown will hear a rural soundtrack including birdsong. A text message will explain that the station has ceased.

Back in May 2007, the owners of Core flagged that the future of the station was in doubt. GCap Media announced that it would "cease investment" in Core. The station launched in November 1999 and was one of the original pioneers of commercial digital radio. It was one of the first radio stations to focus on internet and text interactivity and won the ntl New Media Award in 2001.

Listeners trying to tune into Core will instead hear BFBS Radio which is an entertainment station playing some of the tracks that were heard on Core. For a transition period, text information will explain that Core has ceased.

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