Popbitch’s latest report on the return of Chris Moyles says XFM will be rebranded as Capital Rocks.
UPDATE: The gossip site has changed its mind, saying it might be Radio X instead. *sigh*
UPDATE 2: The Guardian has also joined in the Radio X rumours and we have discovered this logo – newly trademarked for radio use in the UK:
Space has been available on the D1 digital multiplex since TeamRock left in April, and a direct replacement of a similar music genre wouldn’t cause too many hurdles when filling out a multiplex variation request.
Popbitch reported today: “XFM is closing – completely – on 9/11. A week later, rising like a Dadrock phoenix from the indie ashes, Capital Rocks will be born. (Much higher up the A-Z DAB listing than XFM, to be fair.)
Chris Moyles, Vernon Kay… what a dream line up! We’re just waiting to find out who’s got the drivetime gig. Go on, have a guess who is in the frame? Well, it’s between Richard Bacon and Johnny Vaughan. If Bacon does get the nod though, Vaughan is thought to be off to talkSPORT”.
It’s unclear whether 9/11 is Monday 9th November, or written in the American format and actually means Friday 11th September. Closing a station on Friday rather than a Monday would make more sense.
For a full round-up of the most recent word on this, see our summary from last week, which assumes the original plan was to relaunch the station as X or Radio X.