Greatest Hits Radio DAB Coverage Plans

Details have been revealed on the locations that will have Bauer’s new sort of but not really national DAB station Greatest Hits Radio. The following areas will lose an existing service and gain a localised version of Greatest Hits Radio: Birmingham (replacing Free Radio 80s) Coventry (replacing Free Radio 80s) Hereford & Worcester (replacing Free…Read moreRead more

Bauer to Make Yet More Changes

Bauer are changing their second tier of stations, by launching Greatest Hits Radio. The existing ‘Greatest Hits Network’ will lose local names in England, adopting the Greatest Hits Radio brand name. Scottish stations are to retain their local names. The service will take over the 105.2 FM frequency from Absolute Radio, and will also take…Read moreRead more

More DAB Changes following SDL Expansion

Following the expansion of the Sound Digital DAB multiplex, the UKs second commercial national multiplex, a further two stations have left local multiplexes. Fun Kids has left the Suffolk multiplex. Listeners in Suffolk will now need a DAB+ radio, as Fun Kids on Suffolk used the original format of DAB, but the national version uses…Read moreRead more

Changes to Wireless Group Services in Aberdeen

With the Sound Digital national multiplex expansion programme having been recently completed, Talk Radio, Talk Sport 2 and Virgin Radio are leaving the Aberdeen local DAB multiplex. These have been rel-labelled retune 2, retune 3, and retune 1 respectively, and presumably will be carrying on-air announcements to make listeners aware of the required retune. These…Read moreRead more

Absolute Radio to Further Reduce Analogue Coverage

Absolute Radio will cease broadcasting on 105.2 FM in the West Midlands. Ofcom have approved a proposal from Bauer Media to switch the license to broadcasting a ‘greatest hits’ format station, the identity of which is yet to be revealed. This follows a significant cut back in Absolute Radio’s MW (AM) national service. Meanwhile, Free…Read moreRead more

Sound Digital Completes Expansion

The Sound Digital national DAB multiplex has completed its expansion programme, adding a further 19 transmitters, and around 4 million potential new listeners. The multiplex now has additional coverage in East Anglia, the South West, Kent, South Wales and North East Scotland, with a total coverage area of 83% of the UK. The multiplex is…Read moreRead more

Bauer Ditch Big Top 40

Bauer have opted to cease broadcasting the syndicated Big Top 40 Chart show when the contract expires in December. A ‘This Weeks Biggest Hits’ show will be networked from Hits Radio instead. This will likely fuel rumours that Bauer will ditch local station names. Global Radio, who produce the Big Top 40, have now chosen…Read moreRead more

Heart Extra Plays Song with Offensive Language

An explicit version of Kendrick Lamar’s song all the stars, found its way into Heart Extra’s automated playlist. The song was played 7 times during automated hours between 9am and 4pm. The offending track has since been removed from the system, but only after a complaint from a listener. Ofcom have also found Heart Extra…Read moreRead more

Virgin Radio Schedule Changes

Chris Evans is leaving BBC Radio later this year to take over hosting Virgin Radio’s breakfast show. The current hosts, Sam and Amy, are staying at the station but are moving to present a new overnight show. This means, that for the first time, Virgin Radio (in its current form) will broadcast for 24 hours…Read moreRead more

15/06/2018: News Round Up

Here is the news from the past week: 45 Radio has joined the Norwich trial small scale DAB multiplex,using DAB+ at 48 kbps. This service is aimed at listeners aged 45 and over. Jazz FM has switched to DAB+ at 40 kbps, and is no longer available on all radios. Flame Christian has ceased broadcasting…Read moreRead more