The station, owned by Global Radio, will now only have to play 12 hours a week of ‘identifiable specialist music programmes’, as opposed to 26. The changes will only effect Manchester, Yorkshire and the North East for the time being.
As quoted by Music Week, a Global Radio spokesperson said the changes were meant to reflect the fact that listeners can get their freeform jazz solos or drillcore 'workouts' online these days.
"Specialist music is now also much more widely available to listeners through other media, particularly online, than was the case when the station was licensed," said the unidentified spokesperson.
Which we suppose is a fair point.