ABC Australia launches new radio station
Australia’s public broadcaster the ABC has this week launched the newest addition to its radio family, Double J.
After six months of audience and industry consultation, the ABC has rebranded existing digital radio service Dig Music to Double J from Wednesday 30 April. The station will focus on new music, celebrate Australia’s iconic music and provide access to its sister station triple j interview and sound archives.
Double J’s website will feature videos, reviews, illustrations and a unique new audio player, as well as music writing from some of the country’s most well-informed music specialists.
ABC Managing Director Mark Scott said at the event: “Double J strengthens the ABC’s Digital Radio offering by catering to the demographic between triple j and the other ABC networks. It provides an outlet for contemporary Australian music aimed at the over 30s on air, online and on mobile. We’re thrilled to be able to provide such a unique service and I’m confident that triple j’s management and programming expertise will make it a great success.”
When the ABC launched its first youth station on Sunday morning, 19 January 1975, it was called 2JJ (Double J). The renamed Dig now pays homage to that piece of Australian Radio history, and evokes the iconic name that will resonate with listeners who remember the original Double J.
Listeners in Australia can tune in to Double J on their mobile via the ABC Radio App, online at www.doublej.net.au, or via the digital radio or TV.