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Absolute Radio readies '60s and '70s stations

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Absolute Radio has announced plans to launch new stations dedicated to the music of the 1960s and 1970s, following the introduction of networks for the '80s and '90s.

Launching on November 22, Absolute Radio 60s is to be "the home of The Beatles, Stones and Motown", broadcasting on digital to over a third of the UK in London, the north and west of England and Scotland on DAB, online and mobile.

The station's daytime lineup will be headed by former XFM and Virgin Radio presenter Pete Mitchell, and will launch with a season of special music documentaries on Motown, The Beatles, The Beach Boys and The Rolling Stones.

Absolute Radio 70s will launch on November 29 on DAB in London, as well as online and mobile, broadcasting music from the likes of Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder and Elton John.

The station will be fronted by Richard Skinner, the former Radio 1 DJ and presenter of Top of the Pops and The Old Grey Whistle Test.

Skinner will host weekday mornings on Absolute Radio 70s, while afternoons will be handled by Martyn Lee. Absolute Radio DJs Christian O'Connell and Frank Skinner will also have shows on the station.

The launch of Absolute Radio 70s will include special programmes featuring Noddy Holder, Nile Rodgers of Chic, Queen and The Sex Pistols' John Lydon.

Absolute Radio chief operating officer Clive Dickens said: "Absolute Radio 80s is now the 11th biggest radio station in the UK and it is not even two years old. Around 50% of the Absolute Radio audience is now enjoying one of our digital services.

"Like our other digital stations, the spirit of these services will be the music of the '60s and the '70s through the lens of Absolute Radio.

"They won't replicate Gold or Magic or Smooth Radio. You won't find Herman's Hermits or the Searchers on Absolute Radio 60s."

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