Gilles Peterson confirms Worldwide FM is ending after six years

Gilles Peterson has confirmed the sad news (Picture: Michal Augustini/Shutterstock)

Gilles Peterson has confirmed his Worldwide FM station is coming to an end.

The 57-year-old pioneering DJ – who fronts his own Saturday afternoon show on BBC Radio 6 Music – set up his own station six years ago, but now he’s revealed he’s have to hit ‘pause’ at the end of October and find a ‘solution’ for the future.

In a lengthy statement shared on Instagram, he said: ‘With regret I’m having to pause Worldwide FM from the end of October. I’m so proud of what has been achieved in the last 6 years.’

He referenced his own career, going from ‘putting aerials up on Pirates aged 16’ to playing his first track on Radio Invicta 92.4 the following year, and then moving onto the Beeb.

Detailing the roots of Worldwide FM – it first appeared in Grand Theft Auto V nine years ago, and then reappeared as an updated version in 2021’s Grand Theft Auto Online – he hailed the station as having ‘a positive impact on our community’.

He continued: ‘WWFM was actually born out of the show I made for the Grand Theft Auto in 2013… and grew to be a real life music and culture platform helping develop a new generation of broadcasters as well as acting as a first base in the development of many new artists.

‘From the early years hosting a handful of curated shows from different parts of the world to being home to over 150 resident presenters, WWFM has had a positive impact on our community.

‘It is with great sadness that I’ve had to make the decision to put the breaks on whilst I search for a solution to revive it, in the coming year.’

Gilles hailed the station’s ‘supporters and listeners’, as well as the ‘dedicated staff members and presenters’ for their efforts in creating ‘something really special.

He added: ‘I want to thank you all for your wonderful support, passion and efforts over these years and all the hard work you have put in.’

Meanwhile, he noted ‘in the meantime’ he would still be hosting shows, and the platform’s website and archive will ‘remain active’.

He added: ‘Stay tuned and watch out for a big event before the end of the year.’

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