The addition of Absolute Classic Rock to the Ayr local DAB multiplex has been short lived, as it has now been confirmed that Country Hits Radio has taken over the space. This is despite a large amount of empty space available for stations to broadcast in, on the Ayr multiplex.
Meanwhile, KCFM has migrated from the Lincolnshire DAB multiplex to the Humberside DAB multiplex. Whilst this does mean that the stations DAB coverage better matches that of its FM coverage, many listeners have lost access to KCFM. The station has also dropped from stereo to mono, due to the lack of space available on the Humberside DAB multiplex. The Lincolnshire multiplex now only broadcasts BBC Radio Lincolnshire, Compass FM, Lincs FM, and Radio Newark.
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 Radio 80s is cease broadcasting on MW across the West Midlands, with the frequencies being used for Absolute Classic Rock instead.
Here is this weeks news round up:
With Key103 becoming Hits Radio, Key 2 has changed its name to Key Radio. Absolute Classic Rock has joined the Manchester DAB multiplex, broadcasting in mono at 80kbps
London DAB stations Thames Radio will rebrand to Nation Radio later this month, but will remain separate from the current Nation Radio in Wales.
Devon community radio station Bay FM has relaunched as Exmouth Air.
Zack FM and Panda Radio have joined the Norwich trial DAB multiplex. Both use stereo DAB+ at 40 and 48kbps respectively, so not all radios will receive these stations. Antenna Radio has been removed from this multiplex.
BBC Radio Solent and BBC Radio Stoke have changed channel numbers on Freeview. Both can now be found on channel 726.