Classics get the cold shoulder, making for heated rivalry on SA airwaves
Hot FM, which has taken over Classic FM, has raised competitors’ ire for ‘disregarding’ the terms of its licence
Hot 102.7 FM has officially taken over the reins at SA’s only classical music radio station, Classic 1027, with a name-change and format shift to boot, much to the ire of its more established competitors, who have flagged concerns with the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa).
The shake-up in the radio landscape sees Hot 102.7 FM emerge with a stronger signal, potentially targeting 360,000 Johannesburg listeners.
After 24 years on air, classic music lovers will now only be able to enjoy their symphony and opera favourites from 7pm to 5am, and without the company of full-time anchors. The classic channel will, however, still be available on a full-time basis on DStv and on its live streaming platform. ..