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.
It is being reported that Kiss Fresh is leaving DAB. The station was due to leave some local multiplexes in order to make room for Country Hits Radio, but it appears that the station will now leave DAB entirely.
There is no word as yet on whether the station will close completely, but for the time being listeners can still tune in via Freeview television (limited coverage) or online.
Both Country Hits Radio and Kiss Fresh are owned by Bauer Media, who also own Downtown Country in Northern Ireland, which will continue to broadcast as a separate service.
Update: It is now confirmed that in Birmingham, Humberside, Lancashire, Leeds, Liverpool, London 1, Manchester and Sheffield, Country Hits Radio Has replaced Kiss Fresh. In Northern Ireland, Greatest Hits Radio has replaced Kiss Fresh.
Also on London 1, Magic Soul has dropped it’s bit rate from 80 kbps (mono), to the sub-standard 64 kbps (mono LSF).