Scala Radio Joins Sky

Scala Radio will join the Sky satellite TV platform tomorrow (1st May), and will be available on channel 0216. It is expected that the service will also join the Freesat subscription-free satellite platform.

This move will provide an alternative listening option for those outside of Scala Radio’s DAB coverage. Previously, the service has only been available on DAB, on the SDL National multiplex, with listeners lacking DAB coverage having to rely on smart phone apps and online platforms.

Virgin Radio made a similar move earlier this year, joining both Sky and Feesat.

Scala Radio Will Be in Stereo

Scala Radio will be available in stereo, Bauer Media have confirmed in online promotional material. It is not yet known what the configuration will be.

It is anticipated that there will be configuration changes to other Bauer owned services, including the previously mentioned Absolute Radio 90s and Kisstory moves. DAB+ is an option available to allow more stations to broadcast in stereo, however adoption of this format will lead to some users of older DAB radios being unable to listen the stations.

More Changes at Bauer

A reshuffle of Bauer Media DAB stations is currently taking place.

As previously reported, Heat Radio leaves DAB on the 4th February.

On the same day, Absolute Radio 90s will switch to the SDL National multiplex from the D1 National multiplex. The station will continue to be available nationally. Absolute Radio 90s continues to broadcast on some local multiplexes, but this may change. At the same time Kisstory will move in the opposite direction.

Scala Radio will launch on the 4th March on the SDL National multiplex, using Heat Radio’s former capacity. There is speculation that one or more of the above stations will use the newer DAB+ format, to allow for stereo broadcasts.

New Classical Music Station to Launch

In the latest in a long line of tit for tat competition between Bauer Media and Global Radio, Bauer are replacing Heat Radio with a new classical music radio station on the SDL National DAB multiplex.

The station is to be called Scala Radio, and will launch on March 4th. The station will compete with Global Radio’s Classic FM and BBC Radio 3. However, unlike its rivals, Scala Radio will (unless DAB+ is used) broadcast only in mono. Both BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM are available in stereo DAB and stereo FM.