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From The Voice, where you can read more on the story:

BROADCASTING WATCHDOG Ofcom has revealed plans to listen to audio recordings from Capital XTRA’s new shows before taking a final decision over whether to launch a full-scale investigation.

The body was forced to act after receiving numerous complaints that the station formerly known as Choice FM was not sticking to its format agreement, described as “music and news…for listeners of African and Afro-Caribbean origin in the north London area, but with crossover appeal to other listeners who appreciate urban contemporary black music.”

Capital XTRA launched on October 7 as an “urban dance” station and broadcasts on Choice’s old FM home of 96.9 and 107.1 in London and nationally on the digital platform known as Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB). It is anticipated that between 2015 and 2019, the Government plans to migrate all AM and FM analogue services to DAB.

But as well as the name change, a number of DJs including Daddy Ernie and Martin Jay were axed and replaced with more dance specialists such as Swedish DJ Avicii. It means there are no shows dedicated to reggae, soca or gospel.

An Ofcom spokesperson said: “Ofcom can confirm that it has received complaints about Capital Xtra’s compliance with the published formats of its licences.

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