Absolute Radio closes dabbl digital station

The station was intended to 'democratise' the playlist, letting users choose the songs.

Absolute Radio has shut down its interactive digital station, dabbl, within a year of its launch.

The station, which allows listeners to choose the songs it plays on digital audio broadcasting in London and South Wales and online, was launched on 1 October last year.

Listeners could browse or search for the songs and vote for tracks they wanted to hear, and the songs with maximum votes would be played over the next hour.

The most-voted-for songs on dabbl have included a live version of Muse's 'Uprising' recorded in Madrid, Brandon Flowers' 'Crossfire', Gorillaz's 'Oh Melancholy Hill' and Marina And The Diamonds' 'Oh No'.

Absolute Radio said its digital team, One Golden Square labs, had many more ideas for dabbl, and the station was taking a break while it experimented with how dabbl could continue to "democratise the playlist".

Absolute is also broadcasting its 1990s-themed digital station, which was launched on London DAB in June, on the national DAB network for a five-week trial period from Wednesday.