Virgin Radio Groove
|Broadcast area||London, United Kingdom (DAB);
|First air date||26 June 2000
(ended 4 April 2008)
|Audience share||Small but not zero (September 2007, )|
|Owner||TIML Radio Limited|
|Sister stations||Absolute Radio
Absolute Classic Rock
Absolute Radio 60s
Absolute Radio 70s
Absolute Radio 90s
Absolute Radio 00s
Absolute Radio Extra
|Website||www.virginradio.co.uk/groove/ (formerly www.virginradiogroove.co.uk)|
A sister station to Virgin Radio, Virgin Radio Groove was a former radio station broadcasting worldwide on the internet. The station closed officially on 31 December 2007; however, it continued to broadcast until 4 April 2008.
It was launched as The Groove on 26 June 2000, and was renamed Virgin Radio Groove in 2004.
As well as being broadcast on the internet, Virgin Radio Groove also broadcast on DAB in London and selected digital television networks (Sky Digital and Virgin Media). On 5 September 2005 the station was temporarily replaced by Virgin Radio Xtreme on DAB in London, but returned in early 2006 as a part-time service, daily from 7.00pm to 6.00am.
Virgin Radio Groove was due to close down at the end of 2007. This came after it was revealed that plans to launch Virgin Radio Viva, which would have been on the new Channel 4 platform and aimed at 15 to 29-year-old women, have been scrapped.
Between January and April 2008, the station still operated on all platforms, albeit entirely automated, and the official website was not updated since a message was added about the station's closure in 2007.
Virgin Radio Groove ceased broadcasting completely and was removed from the Sky EPG on 4 April 2008. The online streams also closed down. The station's former channel existed on the Virgin Media EPG with a message mentioning the closure of the station in place of the programme titles until 17 April when Virgin Media removed it from their lineup.
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