Classic FM (Netherlands)

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Classic FM
Classic FM logo.svg
CityAmsterdam
Broadcast areaNetherlands
SloganKlassiek voor iedereen
(Classic for everyone)
Licht klassiek voor elk moment
(Light classics for every moment)
FrequencyCable,DAB and Internet
Analogue FM: N/A
Cable: see website
DAB+: yes[1]
Satellite: free-to-air on Astra3 11.914 GHz H – 27500 – 3/4[2]
First air date1994
FormatClassical music
OwnerBakker Oosterbeek Beheer BV
WebcastWeb Stream
Playlist
WebsiteClassicFM.nl

Classic FM is an "easy listening" classical music radio station in the Netherlands, which at one time broadcast on FM, but is now available nationally on cable and internationally on the Internet. The station is owned by the Bakker Oosterbeek Beheer BV which acquired the station from Telegraaf Media Groep which owned Classic FM from 2006 till 1 november 2017.

It transmits classical music 24 hours per day. The format is almost identical to the UK Classic FM station, including the 'jingles' except, of course, that the presenters are Dutch. News is broadcast or streamed on the hour. The live stream is available on their website: https://www.classicfm.nl/

History[edit]

End of January 1994 there was a redistribution of FM terrestrial frequencies place. This happened on substantive grounds. It was to divide one frequency package for jazz and classical music. The preference of the Ministerie van Welzijn, Volksgezondheid en Cultuur (English: Ministry of Welfare, Health and Culture) was for EuroJazz (later called Jazz Radio), this station could not afford it financially. The British Classic FM also commanded the frequency package. After negotiations between the ministry and the British package was allotted to Classic FM on the condition that 40% jazz would be broadcast. On April 30, 1994 the Dutch Classic FM was founded and went the broadcasts from start.

In 1997, the judge issued a ruling in a case to the frequency of 1994, following a complaint by Sky Radio and Radio 538. Part of the decision was the removal of the obligation to Classic FM for airing jazz and classical music. Shortly thereafter Sky Radio Ltd. took the station over, and since then only light classical music is heard on Classic FM.

On April 1, 2000 the ailing competitor Concertradio was incorporated, making Classic FM the only classical, private radio station in the Netherlands.

In 2009, the fifteenth anniversary was celebrated with special broadcasts, a sold-out concert in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and a special CD.

In the period July to August, 2018, Classic FM (Netherlands) had a radio market share of 1.3 % (the state financed classical music radio station Radio 4 had 2.1 %) (see: https://nationaalluisteronderzoek.nl/update-luistercijfers/).

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