Jazz fm is looking to set up a chain of live music café bars following a two-year trial of its Café Jazbar venue in Liverpool.
The Café Jazbar in Liverpool’s Royal Albert Docks was a joint venture with pub and club operator Regent Inns which ended six months ago.
Jazz fm chief executive Richard Wheatly will not confirm a new deal with a pub operator has been signed.
The station presents live music every Sunday night from Smollensky’s American Bar and Grill on The Strand in London, a venue owned by the Mezzanine Group, which has just acquired the former Capital Radio Café on Finchley Road to create a second Smollensky’s.
It is believed sites across the UK are being targeted, extending the Jazz fm brand beyond London and the North-west, the areas it broadcasts to.
In March, Jazz fm will launch a new Internet-only broadcast service called ejazz.fm, allowing users to tune in to dozens of jazz channels for a subscription fee.
Last week, Rajar figures for the quarter to December 19 1999 reported Jazz fm’s highest total listening hours figure – just over 4 million – since its launch ten years ago.
The London station reported a market share of 1.9 per cent in the capital and an audience of 636,000 who tune in for 6.3 hours a week each, an increase of over two hours on the previous quarter.
Jazz fm is also to co-sponsor the February 14 UK charity premiere of Anthony Minghella’s new film The Talented Mr Ripley, which is set to a classic jazz soundtrack.