Smooth Xmas set to return on Digital One
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Smooth Xmas set to return on Digital One

Smooth Radio is bringing back its all Christmas station for the second year running, on the national Digital One platform.

The station, which operated for two months last year then turned into Smooth 70s, will be in addition to the 70s channel this year, meaning the Smooth brand will have three radio stations on D1.

Real and Smooth Group Programme Director John Simons said: “It’s eight weeks exactly until Christmas Day and many people have begun planning and shopping already. Smooth Xmas was a huge hit last year and we’ve been inundated with queries on when it’s coming back. It provides a great platform for people to sample the Smooth brand, and encourages them to try Smooth Radio if they like what they hear on our seasonal channel.”

Smooth Xmas will continue till Boxing Day.

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    1. MB

      I can’t think of any reason why Global would take that slot for Gold, as it’s likely to cost them half a million per year in national carriage costs. Gold is doing very nicely on the local multiplexes with its local advertising.
      The slot will probably go back to being “Test A”.

      1. Radio Geordie (in Reply to MB)

        The MXR regional platforms will be closing down midway through next year meaning that those services would need to move somewhere else. Which was the point of the original comment.

        Global operate Choice, Gold and Heart DAB on the regional platforms and if (or rather when) the GMG purchase is allowed to go through, they would also have Real & Smooth, the latter being available on both regional and national platforms. In the North East, XFM is on the local platforms.

        Another thing to remember is that GCAP sold their stake in the Digital 1 platform before they were bought out by Global. If Global got GCAP earlier, I think they would also have acquired the Digital 1 stake and would probably have held onto it.

    1. Radio Geordie

      Well, last year it started on November 1st.

      A test transmission was still broadcasting today (October 31st).

      The story does give a possible hint – “last year it operated for two months”.

  1. Dave Wiggy Wiggins

    Not All People Can Hear And Listen To This Smooth Christmas This Year Because It Is Not Broadcasting Live On Line On Smooth Radio Web Page What A Very Very Very Very Bad Thing Not To Broadcast Smooth Christmas Live On Line That Is Bad Now I Do Hope Some One At Smooth Radio Will Get Smooth Christmas Live On Line So All People Can Hear And Listen Live To Smooth Christmas Live On Line As Well As DAB Digital RadioNowPlease

  2. warren

    Great, but I can not find it on my DAB radio ( I can find and listen to smooth and smooth 70s)

    Can you help


  3. Liz

    We are staying in Fife area in Scotland and are very limited in radio stations no gold radio no smooth 70s just one smooth station, when you search and scan for more just says not on air anymore

  4. Anne

    Why is it only Ireland getting Christmas station this year ,and why do I have to listen online and use all my data up when this should be free.

  5. Mo Hervé

    I have been listening to Smooth Xmas this past week but today my radio tells me “station off air”!! Can you inform me when it will be back “on” air? Thank you!

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