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)
Dorset and Hampshire (828)
Herts, Beds and Bucks (792/828)
North Wales and Cheshire (1260)
South Wales (1305/1359)