Soul music station Solar Radio has ceased broadcasting on the Sky satellite television platform. Solar had been available on Sky since September 2000.
The station is redirecting listeners to the variety of online platforms available, including smart phone apps and smart speakers.
The station is also available on DAB+ in Birmingham, Brighton, central London, and Norwich.
More details can be found on their website www.solarradio.com.
Following the expansion of the Sound Digital DAB multiplex, the UKs second commercial national multiplex, a further two stations have left local multiplexes.
Fun Kids has left the Suffolk multiplex. Listeners in Suffolk will now need a DAB+ radio, as Fun Kids on Suffolk used the original format of DAB, but the national version uses DAB+ (not compatible will older DAB radios). However, Fun Kids is now available in stereo in Suffolk.
Jazz FM has left the Trial Norwich small scale multiplex. Jazz FM also uses DAB+ on the Sound Digital multiplex, but this shouldn’t be an issue for listeners, as Jazz FM had recently been using DAB+ in Norwich. However, the bit rate on the national multiplex is lower, meaning that listeners may notice a slight drop in sound quality.
Also on the Trial Norwich multiplex, Crackers Radio has taken over the slot previously occupied by Jazz FM, using 48 kbps stereo DAB+. Again, this station will require a DAB+ compatible radio.
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.
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.