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Off Air - Two Stations Close Down

article date: Monday, March 31, 2008

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theJazz and Capital Life are no longer on air. The two national stations ceased broadcasting at 23:59 on the 31st March 2008.

Blues as theJazz Closes

The UK’s newest national digital radio station has closed down. theJazz was launched a little over a year ago on Christmas Day 2006 and came off-air at 23:59 on 31st March. In its brief life it attracted an audience of over a third of a million listeners. Attempts were made to find a buyer after GCap Media announced that it wanted to exit the station six weeks ago, but these proved unsuccessful.

In a statement on its website, theJazz thanked listeners for all their good wishes and the warm, kind words in support of the station. The website added “We all very touched that you have enjoyed what you have heard and that the station has made a difference to your lives.”

In a related move, jazz programmes have been introduced on theJazz’s sister station Classic FM. The station’s website at www.classicfm.com has also launched a rolling jazz music stream.


Capital Life Closes Down

The Adult Contemporary music station, Capital Life, has closed down after more than eight years on air.

The station launched in January 2000 with a music policy that featured George Michael, Whitney Houston, The Corrs, Elton John, Sting and Celine Dion. However, last year Capital Life’s owner, GCap Media, announced that it would cease investment in the service and did not put the station up for sale.

The Chief Executive of the national digital radio company Digital One, Quentin Howard, commented “Capital Life had a loyal audience attracted by the mix of music which made it distinct from other stations. Although we are sad to see any station close down, the future of DAB digital radio is very healthy indeed, with a great choice of digital stations available to listeners. DAB remains the most popular digital radio platform by far and is used in around a quarter of all UK households."

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