|Now on Freeview Channel 712|
The decision to close Smash Hits Radio comes seven years after the magazine of the same title ceased publication. In recent times, Smash Hits Radio had only been available on Freeview and online following its withdrawal from DAB digital radio. The only service still retaining the Smash Hits name is the TV channel available on cable and satellite platforms.
Ahead of the closure, listeners were advised to tune into sister station The Hits on channel 711, which broadly plays the same music.
KISS FRESH is one of two new Kiss-branded stations that launched in May. Sister channel Kisstory launched on Freeview channel 714 in May, but Kiss Fresh has until now been an online only service.
The new service is "an on-demand digital station playing non-stop new beats including hip-hop, R&B, EDM, House and Garage", according to Bauer Media. The station will also showcase exclusive mixes from new DJs plus specials from artists such as Daft Punk.
Today's changes are another milestone for Bauer Media this year, who have already made some radical changes to their portfolio of radio stations, including acquiring Absolute Radio , Planet Rock; rolling out KISS nationally on DAB, and making its music channels (operated through Box TV, a joint venture with Channel 4) free-to-air on satellite.