London based sports radio station Love Sport is to broadcast nationally on DAB, having recently reduced its AM/MW coverage area to North London in a frequency swap.
The station has announced that it will broadcast on the SDL national DAB multiplex by the end of the year. This will require an existing service to switch to DAB+, or a replacement of an existing service, as this multiplex is currently full.
The station will compete with Talk Sport, which was originally founded by Kelvin MacKenzie, who is the current chairman and chief executive of Love Sport.
Spectrum Radio Network have advertised availability on the 1548 MW/AM frequency which covers North London. This frequency is currently occupied by Love Sport, and it is not yet clear what will happen to that station.
Spectrum also have a London wide DAB slot, and two London DAB+ slots available. For those and the MW frequency, Spectrum are offering part time slots, to allow for smaller stations to come on-air for a reduced cost.
For full details visit their website at spectrumradio.net/airtime/.
Panjab Radio will switch MW (AM) frequencies with Love Sport on 1st August. Panjab Radio will take over the 558 MW frequency, enabling the station to expand to cover the whole of the Greater London area.
This allows Panjab Radio to match the coverage of its rival stations Lyca Radio and Sunrise Radio. Panjab Radio is also available on the SDL National DAB multiplex.
Meanwhile, Love Sport will take over the 1584 MW frequency and reduce coverage to focus on North London. However, due to the nature of MW transmission, some listeners outside North London may still be able to receive the station, albeit with a considerably weaker signal.
Panjab Radio and Love Sport have been given permission to swap trans miters and frequencies from Ofcom. Panjab Radio will take over the 588 MW (AM) frequency and expand its coverage to the whole of Greater London. Meanwhile Love Sport will reduce its coverage area to serve the North London on the 1548 MW (AM) frequency. Both stations are also available on DAB (London 3 for Love Sport and SDL National for Panjab Radio).
On DAB, Cyber Radio has replaced MCR Live on the Trial Manchester multiplex. Revival 93FM has joined the Trial Glasgow multiplex, using the sub standard 24 kbps DAB+ format, and Classic Hits has the joined the Trial Bristol multiplex using 48 kbps DAB+. As all three of these stations use the DAB+ format, only newer DAB+ radios can receive these stations.
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 on the Manchester trial multiplex.
The requested format change for London AM and DAB station Love Sport has been approved by Ofcom, meaning the station is no longer required to provide talk based programmes on subjects such as business.
Celador station The Breeze has retained its license to broadcast in Bristol on FM.
TalkSPORT has retained global Premier League football audio rights, and will provide coverage until the 2021/22 season.
London station Love Sport, which broadcasts on 558 MW and DAB, has requested a format change from Ofcom. The move is to allow a greater focus on sports coverage.
The request is to remove the requirement to cover business, finance and entertainment news, in order to provide a 24 hour speech service focussing on sport with some local information and topical content.
Ofcom are running a consultation on the change which can be found here: www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/love-sport-request-to-change-format.
NTS.LIVE operating on the Trial London DAB multiplex has been renamed Love Talk.
The is assumed to be a sister station to the recently launched Love Sport. When Love Sport was first announced under the name Citi Sport, there were plans for a Citi Talk DAB station.
More details will be posted here as and when I have them.