Classic FM will shift in format on 1 July 2021, as the station transforms into broadcasting Joburg’s Hottest Old Skool and R&B.
Their niche appeal, as well as shifting demographics, saw them continually struggle financially, which then led to business rescue in October 2019. The Professional Consortium successfully bid to take the station out of business rescue and set about stabilising the operations. They applied to the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) for a change to a more commercially viable music format.
On 30 April 2021, ICASA issued a new license to Classic FM South Africa. They approved the format change to “Old Skool and R&B”, whilst keeping a percentage of classical music.
Listeners tuning into the 102.7 FM frequency will now be able to listen to a broader, more popular music selection. They will also be able to enjoy the more traditional classics in the evenings.
Classic music will be played on the 102.7FM frequency from 19:00 to 05:00. For those who want to keep listening to their favourite compositions all day, there is something for you. Classical music will be available on a 24-hour-a-day basis online via the website and on DSTV Channel 857.