Wednesday 22 January 2014

Famed Jazz Radio Leaving DAB Network

The only jazz channel on DAB in the U.K. has left the national network Digital One. The station has moved to Switch Digital in Greater London in addition to online platforms. Jazz FM CEO Richard Wheatly said the station could potentially lose 150,000 from its record 700,000 listener base. Most of our audience listen to us on digital radio in Greater London – 400,000 people – and around 30% are listening on platforms other than DAB across the UK.  

RadioToday has revealed that the station entered into profit last month for the first time since its relaunch. But the decision to get out of the national DAB was motivated by the high transmission costs. The station is advising listeners to re-tune in London or on-line via Radioplayer or its app, or via satellite services Sky and FreeSat. 

JazzFM is internationally a much listened station on-line. In spite of its name the station is not broadcasting on FM today.