Revolution 96.2, independently owned by Credible Media, have announced that they will be expanding their coverage area. Currently the station serves Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside, but Ofcom have given approval for the station to cover the entire Greater Manchester are.
The station have stated that due to the position of the transmitter, Revolution 96.2 can already be received across most of Greater Manchester. It is not yet clear if the transmitter will be upgraded to improved/enhance coverage. The station is also available on the trial small scale DAB multiplex in Manchester, broadcasting in stereo DAB+.
Revolution 96.2 will continue to broadcast from its Oldham studios, and continue to serve the East Manchester area. There are no major schedule changes planned.
DAB station Absolute Radio 90s has complete its transition to its new home on the SDL national multiplex. All versions of the station on the local multiplexes and the D1 national multiplex have been removed.
It is expected that sister station Kisstory will make the move from SDL national to D1 national next Monday.
Another Bauer Media owned station, Magic Soul, has expanded its coverage area and is now available on the Lancashire, Liverpool, & Manchester local DAB multiplexes.
Digital station Mi-Soul is to cease broadcasting in Glasgow on DAB. Although the removal date is yet to be confirmed, a brief removal and subsequent re-instatement has already occurred, and the stations website no longer refers to broadcasting in Glasgow.
Mi-Soul continues to broadcast on DAB in Brighton, London, and Manchester.
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 will receive Imagine Radio. Solar Radio has left the Trial Manchester multiplex.
All current small-scale DAB multiplexes in the UK have had their licenses extended until March 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:
- Central London
The license extension is to allow Ofcom time to consider the most appropriate method for licensing permanent small-scale DAB multiplexes.
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.
Asian Fever, Likwid London, and Rainbow Radio have ceased broadcasting on the Manchester trial DAB multiplex.
DAB radio station Antenna Radio is believed to have ceased transmission. Their website (antennaradio.co.uk) is no longer accessible.
The station was broadcast on the Manchester, Portsmouth, Aldershot and Woking, Glasgow and Norwich trial DAB multiplexes. The station has been completely removed from the Manchester trial multiplex.