Ireland’s Christmas FM to launch in the UK

Christmas FM is launching on DAB in two areas of the UK, following years of temporary seasonal broadcasts on FM in Ireland.

The station is run each year in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Kildare, Kilkenny, Wicklow and more on 13 frequencies across the country, to raise money for charity.

This year’s Irish broadcast will be the station’s 10th year on air. Over the last nine years the station has raised more than €1.25m for good causes, and is planning to do the same in the UK with DAB slots in the north west and south east of England. This year’s broadcasts are supporting the work of Sightsavers.

The UK version goes on the two Muxco multiplexes – which cover Liverpool, Cheshire, North Wales, Surrey and south London – and will launch on 1st December. It will be a completely separate service to the Irish station, with its own presenters and studios based in the UK.

The station follows services including Heart Extra Christmas, Magic Christmas and Wireless Group Christmas stations which are already on the air in the UK.

Co-founder and joint programme director, Garvan Rigby told RadioToday: “The difference we have is the content between the records. It’s not just liners, jingles and music – there’s a lot of content that our experienced presenters will bring. They know how to do Christmas radio. Anyone who likes Christmas is our audience!”

You’ll be able to hear an interview with Garvan talking about Christmas FM on the RadioToday Programme podcast later this month.

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  1. Joe Smith says

    Great news. Without them where else would we get to hear Christmas music?

  2. Steohen barnes says

    Fancy this fed up of jukebox live in Oldham but can pick that Liverpool Chester etc mux up loud and clear

  3. Stuart says

    Joe Smith: As it says in the story, you will hear Christmas music on “Heart Extra Christmas, Magic Christmas and Wireless Group Christmas stations”, or soon Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 6 Music and every commercial pop music station on FM, DAB and Internet Radio across the UK.
    And who wants to listen to Slade, Wizzard and The Pogues 10 times a day anyway?!

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