The service will be based on Kiss FM's popular Kisstory slot and will also be available via the new Kiss Player and KissKube iOS app, according to a press release issued by Bauer Media this afternoon. Kisstory will play non-stop old skool and anthems and is launching "in response to positive audience feedback from research into Kisstory listeners".
According to the Bauer Media press release, the station will launch on channel 714, but will be replacing Q Radio - which is currently on channel 716. This means Heat is likely to be changing channel numbers.
Q Radio has been facing closure for a time, since its outlets on other digital platforms were axed over the past few years. Q Radio closed on satellite in 2009 and was withdrawn from DAB digital radio in the London region in 2010.
The launch of Kisstory is the latest in a major line of changes to the distribution of Bauer Media's brands on digital platforms. Kiss FM joined the national digital DAB multiplex Digital One to increase UK coverage. TV spin-off Kiss TV joined Freesat last month and became available to all Sky TV viewers as the competition with rival station Capital, which launched Capital TV last year hots up. Sister TV stations Heat, Magic, The Box, SmashHits and The Box were also made free-to-air.
Kisstory will not be carried on Sky, Freesat or Virgin Media at launch.
KISS: The facts
The latest RAJAR figures showed that KISS radio reaches 4.4m listeners, up 2.1% year on year, and it remains the largest UK commercial radio station for 15 – 34 year olds.
Kiss: local DAB change
Kiss has been withdrawn from most local DAB multiplexes during the course of today.
Listeners must now select the national version of "KISS" in their DAB station line-up. The national version of Kiss is currently broadcasting in mono. The move follows a series of earlier switch-offs from local DAB multiplexes during the past few weeks. In Northern Ireland, Kiss is still available via the local multiplex. It is also still on the soon-to-be axed Severn Estuary multiplex. Ultimately, Kiss will only transmit on DAB via the national Digital One multiplex.