NEWS: Two DAB radio stations come off air

Britain's newest DAB national radio station, theJazz, has ceased broadcasting as has another DAB station, Capital Life. Both stations failed to attract sufficient advertising revenue, according to their owners.

TheJazz was launched a year ago on Christmas Day 2006 and finished broadcasting at midnight last night. In its brief life it attracted an audience of around a third of a million listeners.

Attempts were made to find a buyer after owner GCap Media announced it wanted to sell the station six weeks ago, as we reported here, but these proved unsuccessful.

In a related move, jazz programmes have been introduced on theJazz's sister station Classic FM. There's now a rolling jazz music stream on

The adult contemporary music station, Classic Life, is also closing down after more than eight years on air. The station launched in January 2000.

However, Planet Rock – also under threat of closure – has been given a temporary reprieve. GCap has given the station another month to continue discussions with a number of interested buyers. Negotiations continue.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.