Sun FM Takes Over in Durham and Darlington

Helius Media have sold the licenses for Alpha Radio (Darlington) and Durham Radio to Nation Broadcasting, the owners of Sun FM. The frequencies are now relaying Sun FM, although it is not clear if this is with any opt outs for news and adverts. This is yet another change for listeners to 102.6, 102.8, 103.2…Read moreRead more

Radio Wirral Launches

Radio Wirral has now launched on DAB+. The station is using DAB+ at 48 kbps in stereo, and is on the North East Wales and West Cheshire multiplex. This gives a coverage area of North East Wales and West Cheshire, as previously mentioned, but also Liverpool and the surrounding area. As mentioned previously, Radio Wirral…Read moreRead more

Radio Wirral and Other DAB Changes

Radio Wirral have announced that they will commence broadcasting on DAB later this week. This is a replacement for the now defunct Wirral Radio community station. Multiplex details and broadcasting method are yet to be confirmed. Meanwhile, on Central Scotland regional DAB, Sunoh Radio has now ceased broadcasting, but is continuing online. On the Plymouth…Read moreRead more

BBC Confirm MW Transmitter Closures

The BBC have now announced when the next round of MW (AM) local radio transmitters will close. BBC Three Counties Radio have already ceased broadcasts on the 630 and 1260 transmitters, and are now broadcasting a retune advice loop. Full closure will take place on the 6th April. For the rest of the stations, closure…Read moreRead more

Changes to Travel Bulletins on BBC Local Radio

Apologies due to the delay of this post, personal commitments have gotten in the way of updates. Changes are to be made to travel bulletins across the BBC’s network of local radio stations. At present, most of the bulletins are currently produced and voiced external by Inrix. The changes will mean that instead of Inrix…Read moreRead more

Upcoming Medium Wave Closures

Ofcom has given Talk Sport consent to turn off the following medium wave (MW/AM) transmitters: • Rosemarkie (Inverness) • Redruth (Cornwall) • Redmoss (Aberdeen) • Londonderry • Occombe (Devon) • Plummers Barracks (Plymouth) • Pearce’s Hill (Devon) Although the percentage reduction is marginal, 95% to 93%, over 1 million potential listeners will be affected. Listeners…Read moreRead more

Pure Radio Joins DAB Ahead of Launch

A few days ago, I reported that Pure Radio, the new digital station for Scotland, had joined the Central Scotland DAB multiplex. At the time, it was broadcasting in 64 kbps mono, Although I said the multiplex was full, there was in fact 48 kbps of spare space available. As it has transpired, Pure Radio…Read moreRead more

Dubai Now Launches on DAB, Central Scotland Changes

Mirroring the coverage area of Radio Maria English, who recently commenced UK broadcasts, Arabic station Dubai Now has launched on DAB. Dubai Now is broadcasting on the London 3 and Cambridge (main) DAB multiplexes. In both instances, the station is broadcasting in mono DAB at 64 kbps. Meanwhile, on the Central Scotland DAB multiplex, Central…Read moreRead more

Nation Wins Channel Islands DAB Multiplex

Nation Broadcasting, through subsidiary Bailiwick Broadcasting Limited, has been awarded the license to operate the local DAB multiplex for the Channel Islands, from UK regulator Ofcom. A variety of services will be operated including both BBC Radio Jersey, and BBC Radio Guernsey, and existing local commercial stations Island FM and Channel 103. A variety of…Read moreRead more

Kingdom FM Joins DAB

Kingdom FM has now joined the Central Scotland DAB multiplex, ahead of the official DAB launch tomorrow (30th October). The station replaces Rocksport Radio, which is continuing online. Kingdom FM is broadcasting using ‘original’ DAB in stereo at 128 kbps. This offer slightly better sound quality than local rival Forth 1 who currently use 112…Read moreRead more