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New Jack station to focus on great British music

By | Published on Friday 9 September 2016

Union Jack

Oxford-based Jack FM is launching a new national radio channel to be called Union Jack which will “celebrate pioneering British artists and support new homegrown British talent”.

The Oxford station franchised the Jack FM brand from a Canadian media company for its local ouput, which always seemed a bit odd, though stick ‘union’ on the front and make British music your theme and it all sort of makes sense, even if only technically speaking when listened to at sea.

“Britain has been at the forefront of groundbreaking music for over six decades”, says the new station’s co-CEO Ian Walker. “Union Jack will lead the way in celebrating this rich heritage, playing the greatest UK music and also discovering and supporting British new talent”.

Meanwhile co-founder and radio industry veteran Clive Dickens added: “UK commercial national radio is over dominated by three companies and it’s time for a complete shake up. Our team has already created two of the most successful radio brands in the last ten years and we know all great things come along in threes!”

Those “two of the most successful radio brands” are the Oxford version of Jack FM and the UK-wide and now Bauer-owned Absolute Radio, the latter of which Dickens and the other Union Jack co-CEO Donnach O’Driscoll used to run.

The new service will be available from later today via its website, the RadioPlayer and a bespoke app, and on DAB+.