Fun Kids have launched a new service aimed at younger children called Fun Kids Junior. The service is available on the Surrey and South London local DAB multiplex.
Programming will be aimed at 6 to 12 year olds, with the launch of the station being promoted on the main Fun Kids service.
The new service is broadcasting using DAB+ at 32kbps. This means relatively poor sound quality, and only newer DAB+ radios can access the station.
Cyber Gold has re-branded as Atlantis. The station has launched on the Suffolk local multiplex (DAB+ at 32 kbps). Atlantis continues on the Surrey and North Sussex local multiplex.
Meanwhile, Cyber Radio has left the Brighton trial small scale multiplex, and Cyber Rock has left the Surrey and North Sussex local multiplex.
Encore Radio, the national station dedicated to fans of musicals, is reducing its DAB coverage to focus on online streams. Herts, Beds, Bucks, Essex and Kent are losing coverage, leaving the station only on the South London & Surrey multiplex.
The station had already briefly joined and left the North Yorkshire DAB multiplex.
The move is another sign of smaller broadcasters struggling to survive on DAB, with stations including BOB FM and Connect FM dropping DAB broadcasts.
UKRD station Eagle 80s launches later today at 11am. This service will be available on DAB+ in Surrey and North Sussex, and replaces Eagle 3.
As this station is using DAB+, not all DAB radio’s will receive it. To see if your radio is DAB+ compatible, look for a DAB+ logo, or the digital tick mark on the radio or the box it came in. If your radio recieves Forces Radio BFBS or Fun Kids, it is DAB+ capable and will receive Eagle 80s.
More information can be found at: www.eagleradio.co.uk/news/local-news/2554984/eagle-80s-launches-in-surrey-and-hampshire/
Apologies for the absence of recent posts, as I have been away on holiday. There has not been a huge amount of stories from the radio world recently, but here are a few updates.
The service Upload Radio has left the Surrey North Sussex (Surrey-NSussex) and North Yorkshire DAB multiplexes. This radio station is still available in Wrexham, Chester and Liverpool.
More Radio has lowered its bit rate on the Sussex DAB multiplex from 64 kbps to 56 kbps. This means a slight drop in sound quality for listeners. This station had only recently joined DAB.
Jack 3 has joined the SDL National multiplex. This multiplex covers around 75% of the UK. This station plays easy listening music and is broadcasting at 32kbps using the newer DAB+, meaning only some radios will receive it. The current national output is reported to be different from the local version available on DAB in Oxfordshire.
NME1 has joind the trial Brighton local multiplex, broadcasting using DAB+ at 48kbps. This station will also only work on DAB+ compatible radios.