Gold returns to AM in Peterborough and Northampton

Gold is returning to AM in Peterborough and Northampton using the frequencies currently used by Smooth Radio.

Ofcom has approved two format change requests, to change the Character of Services from an easy listening featuring lifestyle
oriented speech, targeting an audience aged 50-plus to classic pop hits targeted primarily at 35-54 year-olds.

The move means all programming on 1332AM in Peterborough and 1557AM in Northampton will be shared with all other AM stations in the Gold network in England, rather than the Smooth network.

The licences previously carried programmes from Gold before switching to Smooth in 2014.

Global has requested the change ahead of Smooth Radio East Midlands taking over Connect FM’s three frequencies at a yet-to-be-announced future date.

Connect FM covers Kettering (previously 107.4 KCBC), Peterborough (previously 106.8 Lite FM) and Corby (launched as 97.2 Connect FM in 1998).

Gold is currently available on 1548AM in London, Derby on 945AM, Manchester on 1458AM, Nottingham on 999AM and nationwide on DAB.