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Fans rocked by decision to re-brand city radio station

Fans and staff at Glasgow’s Rock Radio have hit out at the station’s owners following a decision to re-brand it, leading to the loss of around nine jobs.

One fan described the move to rebrand 96.3 Rock Radio as Real Radio XS as “the death of the station”.

And one of the DJs who will be let go has criticised owner Guardian Media Group (GMG) for what he calls a “massive cost-cutting exercise’.

A source inside Rock Radio, who asked not to be named, revealed four of the station’s “Rock Jock” DJs and five digital staff will lose their jobs as part of the rebranding.

The digital staff work on Rock Radio’s sister website, which GMG has confirmed will be shut down.

Legendary DJ Tom Russell, however, will be kept on.

Rock Jock Donald MacLeod, who is also boss of CPL which owns The Cathouse, Garage and Tunnel nightclubs in Glasgow, hosted his final show for the station on Friday night.

He has taken calls from big-name fans –including Rangers FC manager Ally McCoist – concerned about the future of their favourite station.

Donald, 50, said: “People are very disappointed about this and fans know they won’t hear the same kind of music on the station when it becomes Real Radio XS on October 21.”

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