Wednesday, January 04, 2023

Absolute Radio to switch off all AM transmitters across the UK


Bauer is removing Absolute Radio from Medium wave this month as it turns off all AM frequencies for the station across the country.

Absolute Radio launched exclusively on AM (as Virgin Radio) 30 years ago in 1993 using predominantly 1215 kHz along with fill-in relays on 1197, 1233, 1242, and 1260. Some of these have been turned off in recent years in places such as Devon, Merseyside, and Tayside.

Whilst this is a historic milestone for the radio industry, it shouldn’t affect many listeners as just two percent of all radio listening currently takes place on AM.

Absolute Radio also lost its FM frequency in London in 2021 in favor of the ever-expanding Greatest Hits Radio network.

The move makes Absolute Radio a digital-only service, broadcasting nationally on DAB and online.

1215 kHz – or 247 meters, was previously used by BBC Radio 1 when it launched, and later, BBC Radio 3. Prior to 1967, it was used by the BBC Light Programme.

In addition, Bauer has also announced licenses carrying Greatest Hits Radio in Staffordshire and Cheshire, Bradford & Huddersfield and Teesside will also be turned off.

GHR is available on FM in West Yorkshire and will soon be available on FM in Staffordshire and Cheshire.

How you listen to Absolute Radio could be changing. From 23rd January, we will no longer be broadcasting on AM radio. But don’t worry, there are plenty of other ways to listen to all your favourite Absolute Radio stations. Find all the details here.

If you currently listen to us on AM then we know you might have some questions and we’ve tried our best to answer at: