Absolute Radio 00s
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|Slogan||21st Century Music.|
|Frequency||DAB: 11B (Inverness)|
|First air date||10 December 2010|
|Format||Non-stop music from the noughties|
|Sister stations||Absolute Radio|
Absolute Classic Rock
Absolute Radio 60s
Absolute Radio 70s
Absolute Radio 80s
Absolute Radio 90s
Absolute Radio Extra
|Website||Absolute Radio 00s|
Absolute Radio 00s, or Absolute Radio Noughties, is a spin-off service from Absolute Radio. In the same format as Absolute Radio 80s and Absolute Radio 90s, the station is a rolling music service which airs music from the period 2000-present, focusing chiefly on rock, alternative, 'credible' pop and hip-hop/urban crossover music.
It launched on 10 December 2010 on the Switch London DAB multiplex, replacing Absolute Radio 90s which moved permanently to the national Digital One multiplex following a trial period. (Absolute 90s had only launched in the London slot a few months prior to this, following Absolute Radio 80s' move to Digital One.). In December 2014, Absolute 00s was withdrawn from DAB in London, as part of wider alterations, but simultaneously was made available, possibly on a temporary basis, on DAB in Inverness.
As with Absolute's other digital spin-offs, Absolute Radio 00s simulcasts the Christian O'Connell breakfast show from the main Absolute Radio service. In a change to how the breakfast show is simulcast, as with the other sister stations, Absolute Radio 00s now only features music from the Noughties during the breakfast show. As a promotion for the new station, during December 2010 O'Connell would present an additional hour (10 am to 11 am) on the 00s station after the end of his main show.
Prior to December 2014, the station was available via digital radio to the Greater London area via the Switch London platform (12A - 223.936 MHz) via the following transmitter sites (transmitter power in brackets):
- Crystal Palace (2.10 kW)
- Bluebell Hill (2.00 kW)
- Reigate (1.51 kW)
- Guildford (1.00 kW)
- Zouches Farm (0.35 kW)
- Hemel Hempstead (0.25 kW)
- Otford (0.17 kW)
- Alexandra Palace (0.10 kW)
- Arkley (0.10 kW)
- Mount Vernon (0.10 kW)
- Stoke D'Aberdon (0.01 kW)
- Shooter's Hill - Thamesmead (0.01 kW)
The London DAB slot occupied by Absolute Radio 00s was initially occupied by The Groove (later Virgin Radio Groove), then by Virgin Radio Xtreme from September 2005; this was renamed Absolute Xtreme in 2008 and closed in 2009, replaced by Absolute Radio 80s; when the 80s service moved to Digital One, Absolute Radio 90s took the slot, and when the 90s service also went national, Absolute Radio 00s was launched.
In 2011 it was confirmed by Ofcom that to accommodate the launch of new sister station Absolute Radio 70s, the reduction of the broadcast bitrate of Absolute Radio 00s would be permitted, resulting in the station moving from stereo to mono broadcasts.
In December 2014, Absolute Radio 00s was removed from Switch London as part of a wider raft of changes to Bauer's DAB offerings: the Switch slot was taken by Kerrang! Radio, migrating from CE London, with the former Kerrang! slot on CE used to make Absolute Radio 90s available locally, ahead of the 90s station's removal from Digital One in January. For the same reason, also on 12 December carriage of Kerrang! on DAB outside London ceased, to release local-level slots for Absolute 90s' migration.
Absolute Radio 00s continues to be available nationally online as previously.