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Sun radio station closes after just 18 months

'Home of free speech' online no longer live and plans for national DAB launch scrapped

The Sun has closed its online radio station SunTalk, fronted by Jon Gaunt, after just 18 months of broadcasting.

The station, which began broadcasting last April, was portrayed as "the home of free speech", and was aired every weekday for three hours. It was available online via the Sun website and broadcast on FM to the expatriate community in parts of Spain.

"SunTalk is no longer live... Thank you for listening over the last 18 months. Please continue to enjoy our podcasts," read a message on the station's homepage.

News International also announced that SunTalk would not be launched nationally on DAB digital radio.

The move comes after Gaunt lost his battle with the media regulator Ofcom over an on-air comment made by him while he was a presenter with the national speech station TalkSport.

However, a News International spokesman said that the station was closed as part of an ongoing review of costs and strategy to focus on core operations.