Worldwide FM has announced a reduced service from the end of next month.
As part of "re-organizing and re-evaluating the next phase" of its existence, the award-winning online radio station - which was co-founded by Gilles Peterson and Thristian Richards in 2016 - has said it will pause all new broadcasters and shows from 28th October.
A statement posted to the station's social media channels said : "We are having to make certain changes at Worldwide FM, re-organizing and re-evaluating the next phase and financing the station. This means we will be pausing new broadcasts and shows, operating a much more minimal service from the end of October (28/10)".
It continued: "The Worldwide FM website and the Mixcloud will still be available with our amazing archive, great music, and content to listen back to and enjoy." Read the full statement below.
In a separate thread on his personal Twitter account, Peterson said: "With regret I’m having to pause @worldwidefm from the end of October. I’m so proud of what has been achieved in the last 6 years. If you’ve followed my career in radio you’ll know I started putting aerials up on Pirates aged 16, playing my first track on Radio Invicta 92.4 at 17."
"It is with great sadness that I’ve had to make the decision to put the breaks on whilst I search for a solution to revive it, in the coming year," he added. Read the full thread below.
Transmitting out of East London, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Berlin, Paris, and elsewhere, Worldwide FM was launched by Peterson and Richards as an extension of the former's Worldwide brand. Alongside stations such as NTS Radio, it champions underground music and culture from across the globe. Read DJ Mag's 2021 feature about independent radio survived, and thrived, during the pandemic here.