Solar Radio Leaves Sky

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.

Station Updates

There have been a few changes to some local DAB multiplexes:

On Trial Glasgow, Gaydio has switch to 128 kbps joint stereo, whilst Radio Saltire has ceased, and Timeless Radio and Your Radio have been observed without audio streams (possible either closing or have ceased).

On Trial Birmingham, 45 Radio has joined using DAB+ (receiver dependent) at 48 kbps. Solar FM and Gorgeous FM are running without audio, and Colourful Radio has ceased.

Resonance Extra has joined the Trial Norwich multiplex, and About Norwich has ceased.

On Herts Beds Bucks, Bob Home Counties has ceased, but the service still continues on FM.

On Trial Brighton, Juice 107.2 has ceased broadcasting ahead of the launch of Capital Brighton on FM and the Sussex multiplex. As the station now has a stereo slot on the Sussex multiplex, the slot on Trial Brighton is no longer required.

On FM, Banbridge, Northern Ireland, community station Bounce FM has launched on 102.4. Gaydio Brighton has launched on 97.8. Yeovil community station Ninesprings Radio is due to launch on 104.5 in October.

Small Scale DAB Extensions

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:

  • Aldershot
  • Birmingham
  • Brighton
  • Bristol
  • Cambridge
  • Glasgow
  • Central London
  • Manchester
  • Norwich
  • Portsmouth

The license extension is to allow Ofcom time to consider the most appropriate method for licensing permanent small-scale DAB multiplexes.

News Round-Up (01/06/2018)

Recent stories from the radio world:

Two new community radio licenses have been awarded. Radio Mac will broadcast to Bradford, and will be aimed at Muslim and other ethnic minority groups. Rush FM is aimed at younger audiences, and will broadcast to the Farnborough area of Hampshire.

Greg James and Nick Grimshaw are to swap roles on BBC Radio 1. Greg takes over presenting the Breakfast show, with Nick moving to Drivetime.

There have also been some service changes on trial small scale multiplexes. Colourful Radio and Non Stop 90s have left the Trial Manchester multiplex. On the Trail Birmingham multiplex, The Beat has joined, Timeless Radio has ceased, and Like Radio has switched to DAB+ (and is no longer available on all DAB radios).