Gold to Return to AM In Peterborough and Northampton

Gold will take over the 1332AM Peterborough and 1557AM Northampton frequencies from Smooth Radio. The change will take place when Connect FM is merged into Smooth Radio’s FM network.

Connect FM was acquired by Communicorp earlier this year, who decided to merge the station into their Smooth East Midlands franchise. As yet, a date for the merge has yet to be announced. Connect FM currently covers Corby, Kettering, and Peterborough.

Meanwhile, Wohnort DAB reports that Connect FM has been relabeled Radio UP on the Herts Beds Bucks local DAB multiplex.

Note: Smooth Radio is almost entirely networked across multiple local and regional licenses, and as such fails the criteria for inclusion on the station guide of this website. Connect FM has not been included due to the plan to merge the station into Smooth Radio. Additionally, Gold fails the criteria, due it being owned by the domineering monopoly corporation of Global.

Connect FM Returns to DAB, but Total Star’s Future is Unclear

Connect FM is returning to the Northamptonshire and Peterborough local DAB multiplexes.

The stations had previously left DAB due to a large increase in costs. At the time it was believed that this could provoke an Ofcom investigation, as the commitment to DAB was part of the license renewal agreement.

Meanwhile, it has been reported that Total Star is no longer broadcasting on DAB in Gloucestershire. The station has not yet confirmed this, but like some smaller stations such as Encore, appears to be going online only.