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Craig David joins Capital Xtra (formerly Choice FM)

NEW ROLE: Craig David

CRAIG DAVID has been revealed as a presenter on the newly-formed Capital XTRA.

The UK singer will join hip-hop DJ Tim Westwood on the station, who announced today (Oct 3) that it would no longer broadcast under its much-loved Choice FM moniker, a decision that has sparked outrage among its loyal listeners.

In a further blow, Global Radio, owners of Capital and Choice FM, also announced the appointment of Swedish DJ Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, best known for dance hit Wake Me Up.

"The #choiceFM I knew growing up changed the moment Capital FM took over [from the original Choice]. Hasn't been and obviously will never be same again...," wrote Twitter user JR Adeyinka after the news was announced.

"I say the black community boycotts "Capital Extra", added a fired-up Nadine White.

David and Avicii's appointment come after Choice, Britain’s first black radio station – licensed specifically to cater to African and African Caribbean audiences – was renamed Capital XTRA as part of a major rebranding exercise.

The decision - which has been kept under wraps for months - was rushed forward after The Voice broke the story in the newspaper this week.

Despite several requests for a comment, the paper was ignored by Global Radio.

But a well-placed industry source claimed how station bosses frantically called DJs last night and summoned them to a meeting early this morning when they broke the news.

As well as the loss of the iconic name, a number of well-loved Choice DJs have lost their jobs.

Names including Martin Jay, Natty B and gospel DJ Dave P were amongst those who were axed from the station's line-up in today's shake-up.

"This has come as an unexpected surprise..," wrote reggae DJ Natty B after news broke on the social networking site.

"..as has the news that the station will be now known as Capital Extra & will no longer be Reggae programming.

"I started at Choice FM in 2000 and enjoyed my time broadcasting the music that I love on (then) London’s only Black owned urban station."

Soca DJ Martin Jay, who once presented the popular breakfast show alongside former Choice employee Geoff Schumann before he was reduced to just one show a week, added: "It's out there now. Choice FM is to be no longer. I've had 23 exceptional years and finished it the way I started it. LET THE MUSIC PLAY"

The email from Global Radio’s executive president Ashley Tabor confirmed the news: “So, I think it's fair to say that a few Globalers have picked up something in the air recently, something going on, something in the making, something………..a little XTRA?

“Well, it's true. Today, I’m delighted to announce the largest brand extension in commercial radio history, and we’re very proud that it comes from Global.”

David, who currently resides in Miami, is yet to comment on his latest role.

However, in a press release issued by the station, they announced the addition of the Seven Days hit-maker was part of "a huge investment of over £1 million in the station" allowing them to broadcast nationally.

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