The ABC is launching a new radio station to lure back former Triple J listeners who have moved on from the youth network.
Double J, set to go live on April 30 with music obsessive Myf Warhurst at the helm, will focus on music for people who have grown up listening to Triple J but have outgrown the station.
It is a rebrand of the ABC’s Dig Music and will have a focus on new music and tunes listeners loved in the past, the ABC says.
Musical acts listeners can expect to hear singers like Sarah Blasko, Tex Perkins, Missy Higgins and Bernard Fanning, as well as international performers such as Billy Bragg.
Major international and Australian bands on rotation will include You Am I, Nirvana, Blur, Oasis, Crowded House, Split Enz and Pearl Jam.
Double J will also use archive Triple J interviews and music to bring what the station says is a unique offering in the Australian radio marketplace.
Triple J’s iconic music boss Richard Kingsmill will not be moving to the new station, but he will be assisting Double J’s music director, Dorothy Markek.
ABC’s director of radio Kate Dundas says the aim of Double J is to deliver something audiences really want.
“We recognise people want to stay connected to music and discover new artists as they go through life – that’s the simple aim of Double J. This new ABC service has been built on the views of people who love music, along with the expertise Triple J brings to making great radio and amazing digital content for its audiences”, Ms Dundas says.
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