BCfm Suffers Fire

Bristol community radio station BCfm suffered an unfortunate fire recently, destroying their studio. Although the full cause is not yet known, an electrical fault is the suspected cause. The station has already recommenced limited broadcasts, and have launched a fundraiser to raise some money towards rebuild costs. Whilst the station does have insurance, it is…Read moreRead more

DAB Developments

Following the recent rebranding of Cyber Hot Hits to Cyber Radio (reflecting a more varied playlist), the station labels are being update on the small scale DAB multiplexes that the station broadcasts on. The station has confirmed that the relabeling will take place once the relisting process is complete. On the Bristol (main) multiplex SoulTrain…Read moreRead more

DAB Line Up Changes

Sam FM has rejoined the Bristol DAB multiplex, but is using a very low bit rate of 56 kbps mono, offering extremely poor audio quality for listeners. On the Trial Manchester multiplex, Imagine Radio has joined, broadcasing at 48 kbps stereo DAB+. As the station is using the newer DAB+ format, not all radio radios…Read moreRead more

Small Scale DAB Extensions

All current small-scale DAB multiplexes in the UK have had their licenses extended until┬áMarch 31st, 2020. These multiplexes allow small commercial and community stations the opportunity to broadcast on DAB at an affordable cost. The current small-scale multiplexes are: Aldershot Birmingham Brighton Bristol Cambridge Glasgow Central London Manchester Norwich Portsmouth The license extension is to…Read moreRead more

22/07/2018: News Round Up

Here are some of the stories from the past two weeks: Community radio station 88.3 Centreforce has joined DAB in London, broadcasting on the London 2 multiplex, using the newer DAB+ format at 32 kbps. Encore Radio appears to have left the North Yorkshire DAB multiplex. Reports are conflicting with the Frequency Finder website having…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

Trial Bristol Service Changes

There have been several recent changes on the Trial Bristol small scale DAB multiplex. Sam FM has joined the multiplex, using the original format of DAB. Presumably, this is a simulcast of the local FM service, but I have yet to confirm this. Angel Vintage, BFBS Gurkha, and Hub Radio have switched to using DAB+,…Read moreRead more