Planet Rock saved.. for now
Planet Rock will continue broadcasting beyond the original closure date offered by GCap chief executive Fru Hazlitt. The station was due to shut down on March 28th along with theJazz from digital platforms including Digital One and Sky.
The news of the extension comes from Rick Wakeman during his Saturday morning programme on March 22nd. "Planet Rock will continue for another month to allow time for discussions to take place with a potential buyer," he said.
GCap's plans to sell their stake in national digital multiplex Digital One along with Xfm stations outside of London are also thought to be put on hold whilst negotiations continue with Global Radio. It is hoped Global Radio will abandon plans to ditch digital should they be successful in buying GCap Media.
So far, it is thought theJazz will close as planned on Friday, 28th March. Sister station Classic FM has already introduced a daily two hour jazz show to make up for the loss, and hired theJazz presenter Margherita Taylor to host Smooth Classics At Six each weekday.