October 1, 2014

Global Radio confirms local Gold changes

Gold will leave most of its AM frequencies across the UK on March 23rd, Global Radio has confirmed.

The frequencies, listed below, will broadcast the London output of Smooth Radio instead of Gold. It brings an end to decades of programmes under the “gold” name for most of the frequencies, which were previously known as either Classic Gold or Capital Gold.

Before that, frequencies such as 1242 and 603 in Kent were home to Invicta Radio, which was turned into Invicta SuperGold (and Invicta FM on VHF) when stations were required to split frequencies by the 1990 Broadcasting Act.

Gold will continue on four frequencies – London on 1548 AM, Manchester on 1458 AM, Derby on 945 and Nottingham on 999 AM. Smooth Radio is already available on FM in these areas.

Gold on DAB will only continue in London and the East Midlands, although a new, as yet unnamed service “playing music from the 70s, 80s and early 90s with particular appeal to audiences aged 35-54″, will launch on national Digital 1 shortly.

A spokesperson for Gold owner Global Radio tells RadioToday: ““We will continue to play the greatest hits of all time on Gold for our loyal and valued listeners. If you love Gold you can still listen on AM in Greater London, Manchester and The East Midlands, and if you live in other areas of the country you can listen on DAB Digital radio or your Digital TV, on the website and on the Gold mobile app.”

It’s not known at this stage if Wales will continue the four hours a day of local programming, as required by the Digital Economy Act 2010.

All the frequencies getting Smooth from March 24th are:

Berkshire and North Hampshire (1431/1485)
Bristol and Bath (1260)
Cambridgeshire (1332)
Dorset and Hampshire (828)
Essex (1359/1431)
Gloucester (774)
Hampshire (1170/1557)
Herts, Beds and Bucks (792/828)
Kent (1242/603)
Northamptonshire (1557)
Norfolk (1152)
North Wales and Cheshire (1260)
Plymouth (1152)
South Wales (1305/1359)
Suffolk (1170/1251)
Sussex (1323/945)
Wiltshire (936/1161)

Posted on Monday, March 3rd, 2014 at 2:11 pm by .

  • TBS

    Not to mention how pants smooth’s playlist is going to sound on glorious AM – at least Gold’s music was kind of suited to the band.

  • david

    The smart move would be for BBC Local Radio to up its “oldies” content, and cream off some of the dissatisfied ex-Gold listeners. They already have Tony Gilham, one of the most knowledgeable presenters, on their books. Give him the Mark Forrest slot, and watch the ratings rise! (just a thought)

  • Liam

    so will Gold be on DAB in South Wales as the above says –
    “Gold on DAB will only continue in London and the East Midlands” but then says that “A spokesperson for Gold owner Global Radio tells RadioToday: ““We will continue to play the greatest hits of all time on Gold for our loyal and valued listeners. If you love Gold you can still listen on AM in Greater London, Manchester and The East Midlands, and if you live in other areas of the country you can listen on DAB Digital radio”

  • Donna Milton

    Global you really have no idea what you have done to so many people. Announcing this devastating news would have turned so many peoples life’s upside down!! WHY ON EARTH HAVE YOU DONE THIS TO GOLD RADIO?????
    What do you think you will gain from these changes????? You will lose a perfectly good and successful radio station along with the very capable and experienced and dedicated DJ’s, these DJ’s are the ones that have made Gold what it is today, and you with you bright ideas, have now gone and ruined it. All I can say is good luck in trying to keep Gold on the air because you will lose the listeners that kept it up there!!!!! I’m speechless as well as devastated at this news…………………………………

  • jt

    best music station on the radio. gold is my go to station. disastrous decision. clueless children making these decisions.

  • Bob

    didn’t realize
    this was happening until I found gold had become smooth. It’s a load of c**p. They’ve lost a listener.

  • Kay

    Gold radio was the best on digital radio. Isn’t be listening to smooth

  • teresa

    gold was brilliant but this new Smooth station is rubbish x another listener very upset at the change and no longer turning the radio on every morning

  • Linda from Norfolk

    Where is my gold station, I really enjoy it and smooth is awful. It is nothing like gold, so what makes the radio companies change it. What a shame, please bring it back to Norfolk. I don’t turn on the radio, so much now it has gone. I have given SMooth a try but it’s not my type of music.

  • Bobw

    As per other readers did not realise I would be losing gold, I travel a lot and have it tuned in to various frequencies so I could get it where ever I was. Especially between Norfolk and Lincolnshire.Another bad decision

  • galvanicus

    I’ve only just found this page while wondering what had happened to the only radio station in the ether. With their protractions Global should change their name to Parochial but then they wouldn’t see it as they are myopic. Like one of the commenter’s, I listened on the move over much of Scotland to East Midlands and it’s a rather lonely journey now.