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Inspector Sands14,521 posts since 25 Aug 2004
Chill gone too.

Apart from Planet Rock they were probably two of the last of the original set of DAB stations, some of the many that the early adopters saw in their channel list and has no idea what they were. Never really marketed or thought of
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buster1,829 posts since 15 Mar 2006
London London
Chill gone too.

Apart from Planet Rock they were probably two of the last of the original set of DAB stations, some of the many that the early adopters saw in their channel list and has no idea what they were. Never really marketed or thought of


I thought that too, it does feel the end of an era. I listened to Chill very infrequently but enjoyed it when I did, most recently only yesterday (by pure chance) It will clearly be very different once the Smooth brand takes it over
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London Lite11,282 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London
Chill gone too.

Apart from Planet Rock they were probably two of the last of the original set of DAB stations, some of the many that the early adopters saw in their channel list and has no idea what they were. Never really marketed or thought of


Chill was launched in 2005, just before the GWR/Capital merger went through which led to GCap Media.

The original DAB commercial stations launched in November 1999 with the launch of the Digital One multiplex, which included Life, Core, Planet Rock, Oneword etc.
VMPhil10,228 posts since 31 Mar 2005
Granada North West Today
Quote:
Global says Smooth Chill is the perfect antidote to our busy lives, featuring non-stop chill-out music from artists including Morcheeba, London Grammar, Moby and Portishead

https://radiotoday.co.uk/2019/09/smooth-chill-to-replace-chill-on-dab-in-london/

That’ll be quite the shock for people tuning in expecting it to be similar to the ‘Smooth Sanctuary’ evening wind-down programme.
Inspector Sands14,521 posts since 25 Aug 2004

Chill was launched in 2005, just before the GWR/Capital merger went through which led to GCap Media.

The original DAB commercial stations launched in November 1999 with the launch of the Digital One multiplex, which included Life, Core, Planet Rock, Oneword etc.

Chill was that late to the party?

As I say there was a time when DAB was full of original stations, mostly with vaguely descriptive one word names: Core, Arrow, Life, Groove, Chill. Now it's just brand extensions and national versions of local networks.


Oddly there was a time when Global was giving up on DAB, now they're leading the way
Ash101109 posts since 25 Mar 2018
Meridian (South) South Today
So another set of local stations are set to rebrand, although interestingly this time it’s a “brand licensing agreement” instead of a buyout.

https://radiotoday.co.uk/2019/09/quidem-enters-brand-licensing-agreement-with-global/

Not too sure why they wouldn’t just sell these stations to Global because they surely lose all editorial control? 20/21 hours a day will come from London, plus all the journalists are being transferred to Global.

Obviously no idea how this works from a profit point of view, but it’s got to be attractive to both Global and the shareholders at Quidem!