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Wednesday 7 February 2024   

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The BBC has announced plans to launch a new Radio 2 spin-off station focusing on music from the 1950s, 60s and 70s. 

It is one of four new radio stations the corporation intends to launch on DAB+ and online via BBC Sounds in an effort to attract new audiences. 

Radio 1 will get a new sister station targeted at young listeners, which will play music from the last two decades. 

The BBC said the stations would give people "more choice and value from the licence fee". 

The stations have not yet been given names. They will be the first full BBC stations to be launched on the digital network since 1Xtra, 6Music and the Asian Network in 2002. 

The Radio 1 spin-off will focus on music from the 2000s and 2010s, catering to the appetite from young audiences for recent nostalgia. 

The station will feature "lesser-heard gems" from high-profile artists alongside their more well-known tracks, and will also be used to develop new on-air and production talent, the corporation said. 

It is likely to be similar musically to Radio 1 Anthems, currently broadcast on Radio 1 at weekends with a playlist made up of slightly older songs than the main weekday playlist. 

The Radio 2 spin-off will provide "a distinctive take on pop nostalgia" from the 50s, 60s and 70s, the BBC said, and will feature "some of the people who shaped the cultural landscape at the time" as well as some of the station's current presenters. 

It will "bring heritage artist catalogues and stories to life in a much deeper and more richly textured manner than the main mixed-genre Radio 2 schedule can allow", the corporation said.

7 February 2024   

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