Upcoming Medium Wave Closures

Ofcom has given Talk Sport consent to turn off the following medium wave (MW/AM) transmitters: • Rosemarkie (Inverness) • Redruth (Cornwall) • Redmoss (Aberdeen) • Londonderry • Occombe (Devon) • Plummers Barracks (Plymouth) • Pearce’s Hill (Devon) Although the percentage reduction is marginal, 95% to 93%, over 1 million potential listeners will be affected. Listeners…Read moreRead more

Coverage Improvements Coming Soon for Bauer Services

Ofcom has given approval for some Bauer Media operated services to expand coverage areas. Absolute Radio 80s and Absolute Radio 90s have been given permission to join the Inverness local DAB multiplex. These stations are normally found on the SDL national DAB multiplex, and extend coverage of the stations to an area which the SDL…Read moreRead more

Love Sport Finally Goes National, Panjab Now London Only

Panjab Radio has reduced its coverage area, and is now London only. The station has left the SDL National DAB multiplex, and now broadcasts on the London 3 multiplex. The station is still using the same bit rate of 56 kbps (mono). Love Sport is now available nationally, partially reusing the space released by Panjab….Read moreRead more

Pure Radio Joins DAB Ahead of Launch

A few days ago, I reported that Pure Radio, the new digital station for Scotland, had joined the Central Scotland DAB multiplex. At the time, it was broadcasting in 64 kbps mono, Although I said the multiplex was full, there was in fact 48 kbps of spare space available. As it has transpired, Pure Radio…Read moreRead more

Dubai Now Launches on DAB, Central Scotland Changes

Mirroring the coverage area of Radio Maria English, who recently commenced UK broadcasts, Arabic station Dubai Now has launched on DAB. Dubai Now is broadcasting on the London 3 and Cambridge (main) DAB multiplexes. In both instances, the station is broadcasting in mono DAB at 64 kbps. Meanwhile, on the Central Scotland DAB multiplex, Central…Read moreRead more

Nation Wins Channel Islands DAB Multiplex

Nation Broadcasting, through subsidiary Bailiwick Broadcasting Limited, has been awarded the license to operate the local DAB multiplex for the Channel Islands, from UK regulator Ofcom. A variety of services will be operated including both BBC Radio Jersey, and BBC Radio Guernsey, and existing local commercial stations Island FM and Channel 103. A variety of…Read moreRead more

Radio Maria English Launches in the UK

Christian radio station Radio Maria has started DAB broadcasts in the UK. An English language version is now available in London and Cambridge. In London, the service is available on the London 2 multiplex, and is using stereo DAB+ with a bit rate of 32kbps. As this station is using DAB+, some older DAB radios…Read moreRead more

Kingdom FM Joins DAB

Kingdom FM has now joined the Central Scotland DAB multiplex, ahead of the official DAB launch tomorrow (30th October). The station replaces Rocksport Radio, which is continuing online. Kingdom FM is broadcasting using ‘original’ DAB in stereo at 128 kbps. This offer slightly better sound quality than local rival Forth 1 who currently use 112…Read moreRead more

DAB Changes

As reported yesterday, Ofcom have given permission for Kingdom FM to join the central Scotland DAB multiplex. RadioToday.co.uk are reporting that this has already taken place, but Wohnort DAB are yet to confirm that the station has joined the multiplex. There is yet to be any publicity from the station, therefore it is safe to…Read moreRead more

Kingdom FM to Join DAB

Ofcom has given permission for Kingdom FM, Fife’s only local station, to join the Central Scotland DAB multiplex. As yet, a launch date is yet to be confirmed. Rocksport is also due to leave the DAB multiplex, and Kingdom FM could be a direct replacement. The Central Scotland DAB multiplex is operated by Wireless Group,…Read moreRead more