Kerrang! Radio has been replaced by Absolute 90s in Birmingham, and everywhere else outside London, whilst moving to a lower bit rate in the capital.
The changes are being made due to Magic London replacing Absolute 90s on Digital One in the New Year. Absolute Radio 90s has been added to all CE Digital multiplexes, and those owned by Bauer, either replacing Kerrang! or as an additional station.
In other changes at Bauer, Kisstory and Kiss Fresh have gone live on DAB in London and Absolute 60s, 90s and 00s plus heat have been added to Inverness.
A message on Kerrang! Radio’s website says: “We’re making some changes to where you find Kerrang! Radio. Overnight from the 11th-12th of December, we will magically disappear from DAB Digital Radio, outside of London. Fortunately, you can still get your Kerrang! fix! We will still rock your world on Freeview Digital TV channel 717, online through the Kerrang! Player, and on our free mobile app.
“We will also still be on DAB Digital Radio in London, but you might need to retune in the next few days to find us”.
Bauer says the changes are being made because “there are economic realities to broadcasting on each (multiplex). We still have the same belief in the brand and the Kerrang! music.”
Reaction has not been positive, especially in the West Midlands where Kerrang! was replaced by Planet Rock 18 months ago, and the station advised listeners to use DAB to continue listening. Now those who bought a digital radio for this purpose are voicing their opinion on social media.
Here are two typical examples on Facebook today:
What a crock of s#+*, I’ve loved Kerrang for years, first you scarper out of Brum’s local FM radio & mess up all the best shows (I’m still grieving for Johnny Doom on a weekend morning) and now you drop DAB so no more morning kerrang on my radio alarm or kerrang in the car….you may as well have just gone off air, not all of us can get on-line radio!!!
Wtf? First you went off air on analogue? So I bought a dab radio to keep listening. Now you leave dab apart from crapping London! Ive got a mobile and a laptop but radio sounds terrible and keeps dropping out on them. Looks like its Planet Rock then. Are you trying to get rid of all your listeners???