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  Radio station bans pop and urban tunes
Updated 18 October 2002, 11.05
Ms Dynamite
A radio station is in trouble after banning its DJs from playing or even talking about pop, R&B and rap music.

Despite stars like Ms Dynamite, Nelly, Will Young and S Club Juniors selling loads of records, Virgin Radio won't be playing any of their tracks.

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The station - which is on FM in London and on digital telly or MW everywhere else in the country - prefers to play rock music to new sounds.

Gareth Gates
They won't play Gareth either
The boss of music at Virgin, Paul Jackson - whose Dad is Richard Park from Fame Academy - told the Guardian newspaper the music policy was just a bit of fun.

On the station's website there's an article saying they've 'had enough' of processed-pap-popstars which lists loads of top music stars they won't play.

Some people are really annoyed because the policy means very few black artists will get their music played on Virgin, and think it's all a big publicity stunt.

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