Planet Rock, Absolute Radio and other stations removed from Sky and Freesat

Ten digital radio stations have been removed from the Sky platform.

The stations were previously available in the radio section of the electronic programme guide on Sky receivers. Each of the stations continues to be available on DAB digital radio, online, in apps and on smart speakers. Some of the stations also continue to be available on FM.

The stations that are no longer available are:

  • Absolute Radio
  • Planet Rock
  • KISS
  • Magic
  • Hits Radio
  • Absolute 80s
  • Absolute 90s
  • Jazz FM
  • Absolute Classic Rock
  • Greatest Hits Radio

Three stations have also been removed from Freesat. Absolute Radio, Absolute 80s and Planet Rock have been removed from the platform. Stations like KISS and Magic were not available on Freesat.

The move follows changes to Planet Rock, Absolute 80s, Absolute Radio 90s and other stations earlier this year when they switched from the original DAB format to the newer DAB+.

Absolute Radio continues to be available nationally on DAB digital radio after also ending its AM broadcasts in 2023.

Absolute Radio, originally as Virgin Radio, has been available on satellite in the UK for over 20 years. Before being available on its own EPG slot on Sky Digital the station could be heard on an audio sub-carrier of Sky News.

All of the affected stations are part of Bauer Media Audio UK.

A list of the current digital radio stations available on Sky and Freesat is available on this website.

This article was updated at 17:54 on 13 December 2023 to include removal of stations from Freesat.