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London Leads With 60 Digital Stations

Diverse offerings demonstrate strength in capital city

London now has 60 digital radio stations, the most of any major city, according to the Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

After broadcasting his “Ask Boris” radio program, the mayor joined Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy Ed Vaizey at the Global studios in Leicester Square to announce the launch of three new London stations and a new national station, said Digital Radio UK.

Londoners can receive up to 65 stations on DAB digital radio, ranging from national stations to local stations. Much of London can also receive other local DAB stations.

“The sheer number of radio stations available in the capital is testament to the strength of the U.K. radio industry,” said Vaizey.

Global announced Monday that it is launching Smooth Christmas on 15 November and the new Smooth Extra on 27 December, which will replace Smooth Christmas.

The new London digital stations announced were financial station Share Radio, and new extensions of Kiss Radio, Kisstory and Kiss Fresh, which launch in January. Bauer Radio CEO Paul Keenan also announced that London station Magic would launch as a national station on DAB in January.