Jazz FM

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Jazz FM, formerly known as and, is a radio station broadcasting on digital radio in the United Kingdom which predominantly plays jazz music, jazz standards as well as blues and soul music.

The station's origins are in London where they launched a FM radio station in 1990 and later in North West England in 1994. These stations were later acquired by GMG Radio and rebranded as Smooth FM and later Smooth Radio.

The station in its current form started off as a separate website named ejazz as an accompaniment to the now defunct 102.2 Jazz FM and 100.4 Jazz FM stations in London and the North West respectively. GMG Radio revamped the site in 2004 and in 2005 when the London Jazz FM station was replaced with 102.2 Smooth FM, the ejazz website adopted the Jazz FM name and moved to It also launched on DAB in parts of England and Wales.

In 2008, GMG made plans to relaunch Jazz FM in a move to encourage Ofcom to remove jazz commitments from the licences of 102.2 Smooth Radio and 100.4 Smooth Radio. The format change was denied but GMG promised to continue its plans to relaunch as Jazz FM, including a three-year licensing deal with The Local Radio Company (TLRC).

In January 2009, The Local Radio Company placed the station up for sale. Richard Wheatly, former executive chairman of The Local Radio Company headed a consortium for a management buyout of the station and subsequently purchased the station for £1 in April 2009. He was also the CEO of the former Jazz FM between 1995 and 2002. In August 2018, the radio station was acquired by Bauer Media Group.

Editorial areaUK
Launched12 July 2004
OwnerBauer Media Audio UK
National salesBauer Media Audio UK
Members ofRadiocentre
Former namesejazz

Contact Jazz FM

Postal address1 Golden Square
Telephone+44 20 3355 9119
Official website

Social media

Twitter@jazzfm (58,990 followers) compare
Twitter: Jobs@BauerMediaJobs (19,574 followers) compare
FacebookJazz FM (78,293 likes) compare
Data is from 2019. Feature awaiting Facebook re-authorisation.

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Alistair MacKenzie Finance Director
Chris Philips Head of Music
Chris Gilvear
Chris Gilvear Producer
Chris Philips Presenter
Claire Stacey Partnerships Director
Clara Eisenberg Business Affairs
David Freeman Presenter
Deb Grant Presenter
Dominic Tyerman Producer
Dominique Bagalue Sales Director
Elliot Moss Presenter
Helen Mayhew Presenter
Helen Hayward Digital Editor
Ian Shaw Presenter
James Torme Presenter
Jamie Crick Presenter
Jeff Young Presenter
Jez Nelson Presenter
John Osborne Presenter
Jonathan Arendt Chief Executive
Lynn Parsons Presenter
Mark Walker Music and Programme Manager
Mark Walker Head of Music
Michael Wilson Presenter
Mike Chadwick Presenter
Nick Pitts Content Director
Nick Howard Producer
Nigel Williams Presenter
Peter Young Presenter
Sarah Ward Presenter
Vinny Marino Presenter

…at Bauer Media Audio UK

Abby Carvosso Group MD, Advertising
Adam Newstead Senior Executive Producer, South England & Wales
Alex Baker Creative Strategy Director
Andy Ashton Content Director - Greatest Hits Radio
Anne-Marie Lavan Group Marketing Director
Cat Martin Director of Communications
Chris Ward Content Operations & Group Production Director
Frankie Bannerman Radio Account Manager
Gary Stein Group PD - Hits Radio Network
Graham Bryce Chief Operating Officer
James Walker Head Of Network Operations
Jo Baldwin Managing Director
John Pickford Editor in Chief
Kate Whitehorn Creative Strategy Director
Lucie Cave Chief Content Officer
Matt Garforth Product Manager
Matthew Hobbs Chief Technology Officer
Paul Keenan Chief Executive
Rob Munro-Hall Co-Lead of Publishing World-Wide
Sarah Barnes HR Director
Sarah Vickery Group Finance & Strategy Director
Steve Taylor Commercial Creative Director
Stuart McGinley Content Producer
Tony Moorey Group Content Director - Absolute Radio & Magic

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