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Heat Radio downgraded to jukebox

Heat Radio is to be downgraded to a jukebox station following the termination of presenter-led shows.

Current shows will expire on 1st February 2019.

The station will also be removed from national DAB to make way for new services at the same time.

Heat Radio will continue online and via Freeview effectively as a curated background music service.

Owner Bauer Media had attempted to boost the Heat Radio's profile by making the station more widely available in 2016, replacing its patchwork coverage on various local DAB multiplexes with a slot on the Sound Digital multiplex.

A spin-off of the popular celebrity focused magazine, Heat Radio has outlived its television counterpart, which was replaced by "Box Upfront" in 2016.