The dominant monopoly that is Global Radio has expanded its presence on DAB. National duplicates of Capital, Heart and Smooth have been added to the Lincolnshire DAB multiplex and the Hereford and Worcester DAB multiplex.
These services are already available on the D1 national multiplex. Capital UK has a national 80 kbps mono slot, as does Smooth (labelled as Smooth Extra), and Heart has a 32kbps low quality stereo DAB+ slot (labelled as Heart Extra).
The new versions are all in stereo ‘original version’ DAB, with a bit rate of 112kbps, offering slightly better sound quality. These services are exactly the same as the national versions, and do not widen the choice of services available.
Meanwhile, there are rumours circulating on social media that Global are acquiring the Quidem group of radio stations, which broadcast to the Midlands, and include the Touch FM and Banbury Sound brands.
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.
Lincs FM have launched a 1940s pop-up station, to coincide with the 1940s Weekend, which is taking place in Lincoln this weekend. The station is launched this morning at 7am, and is available on DAB accross Lincolnshire and Newark until 10pm on Sunday.
Lincs FM 40s imagines what Lincs FM might have sounded like, if it had been available back in the 1940s. A number of regular Lincs FM presenters are making an appearance on Lincs FM 40s, and reporters will be broadcasting from various locations around Lincoln.