Atlantis Scales Back

Atlantis Radio, the digital only oldies station, has scaled back its DAB+ coverage area. The station is no longer available in Lincolnshire, Suffolk, or the trial Cambridge small-scale multiplex. The station continues on some other multiplexes, and is also available on-line.

Heart and Smooth Changes

On DAB+ Heart Extra and Smooth Extra have been replaced by national versions of the main Heart and Smooth stations. Global have announced that this is to improve access to the stations, a move which appears counter productive, giving the earlier switch to DAB+, a newer version of DAB, which older digital radios are unable…Read moreRead more

BBC Radio 1 Falls Silent Due to Technical Glitch

Whilst technically glitches can occur, the BBC Radio 1 breakfast show was unfortunate to suffer a complete failure for 30 seconds this morning (4/02/20). The exact cause of the glitch is unknown, but it is understood that a full reboot was required to recommence programming. Whilst the reboot took place, there was nothing that presenter…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

Coverage Improvements Coming Soon for Bauer Services

Ofcom has given approval for some Bauer Media operated services to expand coverage areas. Absolute Radio 80s and Absolute Radio 90s have been given permission to join the Inverness local DAB multiplex. These stations are normally found on the SDL national DAB multiplex, and extend coverage of the stations to an area which the SDL…Read moreRead more

Love Sport Finally Goes National, Panjab Now London Only

Panjab Radio has reduced its coverage area, and is now London only. The station has left the SDL National DAB multiplex, and now broadcasts on the London 3 multiplex. The station is still using the same bit rate of 56 kbps (mono). Love Sport is now available nationally, partially reusing the space released by Panjab….Read moreRead more

Radio Maria English Launches in the UK

Christian radio station Radio Maria has started DAB broadcasts in the UK. An English language version is now available in London and Cambridge. In London, the service is available on the London 2 multiplex, and is using stereo DAB+ with a bit rate of 32kbps. As this station is using DAB+, some older DAB radios…Read moreRead more

Cumbria DAB Applications Received

Ofcom has received two DAB applications for Cumbria local multiplexes. Bauer have applied for a license to cover North and West Cumbria. This will consist of BBC Radio Cumbria, and CFM. The rest of capacity will be used to plug coverage gaps for Bauer’s national brands, including Scala Radio, and Absolute Radio 80s. Some capacity…Read moreRead more

Connect FM Binned as Station is to Merge with Smooth East Midlands

National station Smooth Radio will take over Connect FMs frequencies, as Ofcom has given permission for Communicorp to merge the station with the East Midlands version of Smooth Radio. Although bordering the Smooth Radio coverage area, Connect FM broadcasts via two licenses to Peterborough, Kettering, Corby, and Wellingborough in the East region. An Ofcom consultation…Read moreRead more

Love Sport to Broadcast Nationally

London based sports radio station Love Sport is to broadcast nationally on DAB, having recently reduced its AM/MW coverage area to North London in a frequency swap. The station has announced that it will broadcast on the SDL national DAB multiplex by the end of the year. This will require an existing service to switch…Read moreRead more