West Midlands DAB digital radio changes

At the end of Tuesday 27th August 2013, the regional tier of DAB digital radio ends in the West Midlands. Through recorded looped messages and scrolling DLS messages, stations have been advising listeners of the imminent change.

Until now, DAB digital radio in the UK has consisted of up to three tiers of service: a local multiplex with local stations, a regional multiplex for regional stations (in some regions) and two national multiplexes - one for national BBC radio and one for commercial stations.

Regional and local stations will now share capacity on an expanding network of local multiplexes across England and Wales. This means that some non-local stations that previously were available on regional DAB capacity are being removed, such as LBC and Choice outside of London.

The regional changes began last month in the North East, South Wales and the Severn Estuary. Next month, the North West will follow, with a switch-off of Yorkshire regional services currently planned for 2015. Only Central Scotland will retain regional multiplexes alongside local multiplexes. In London, DAB services will continue to be split over three multiplexes serving Greater London.

a516digital has listed the affected stations with a guide on what to do to continue listening to stations in the West Midlands:

DAB changes in the West Midlands: your guide


Station
What’s happening?
To continue listening…
Where are the stations moving to?
Capital B’ham
moving multiplex
retune
To local DAB multiplexes
Frequency block:
Birmingham
11C
Coventry
12D
Wolves/Telford
11B
Choice
ceasing transmission on DAB in W Mids
Go online* or listen via satellite or cable
ONLINE choice-fm.co.uk
Sky
0114
Freesat
720
Virgin Media
969
Heart W Mids
moving multiplex
retune
To local DAB multiplexes
Frequency block:
Birmingham
11C
Coventry
12D
Wolves/Telford
11B
Kerrang!
moving multiplex
retune
To local DAB multiplex:
Frequency block:
Birmingham
11C
Kerrang! will no longer be available across the whole West Midlands. The Birmingham multiplex only covers part of the area previously covered by the W Mids multiplex.
Listeners outside of the Birmingham coverage area can listen online via the Kerrang!  website on via Freeview channel 717.
LBC
ceasing transmissions on DAB in W Mids
Go online* or listen via Sky or cable
ONLINE lbc.co.uk
Sky
0112
Freesat NEW
734
Virgin Media
973
Panjab Radio
moving multiplex
retune
To local DAB multiplex:
Frequency block:
Birmingham
11C
Coventry
12D
Wolves/Telford
11B
Radio XL
update 05/09/2013: Radio XL has obtained capacity on the Wolves/Telford mux (VHF Block 11B)
Outside of the reduced DAB coverage area: Go online or listen on medium wave (AM)
ONLINE Radioxl.net
MW 1296 kHz
Real Radio XS
ceasing transmission on DAB in W Mids
Go online
ONLINE Realradioxs.co.uk
SMOOTH Radio W Mids
moving multiplexes
retune
To local DAB multiplexes
Frequency block:
Birmingham
11C
Coventry
12D
Wolves/Telford
11B
UCB Gospel
ceasing transmission on DAB in W Mids

Other UCB services continue to be available on DAB digital radio.
UCB Inspirational
ceasing transmission on DAB in W Mids

Other UCB services continue to be available on DAB digital radio.
XFM
Ceased transmissions on Wolverhampton and Telford multiplex*
Go online* or listen via satellite or cable.
ONLINE Xfm.co.uk
Sky
0113
Freesat
723
Virgin Media
965
To local DAB multiplexes
Frequency block:
Birmingham
11C
*Some listeners in and around the Black Country may still be able to receive Xfm on DAB via the Birmingham multiplex.
*MOBILE AND TABLETS:
These stations are also available on most smartphones via Tune-in Radio or the UK Radioplayer app– download via your smartphone’s app store.



LISTEN: How Kerrang, Choice and LBC are announcing the changes. >

A small number of listeners in the south of the West Midlands regional multiplex coverage area around Bromsgrove will not be able to retune to continue listening to some services on DAB. Bromsgrove will be served by the yet-to-launch Hereford and Worcester multiplex. It is yet to be confirmed if Global Radio intends to launch its Capital, Heart and Smooth Radio networks on that multiplex. Subject to approval next month by Ofcom, the Hereford and Worcester multiplex will take over the frequency used to transmit the West Midlands regional multiplex (VHF Block 12A).

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3 comments:

  1. How about promoting UK Radioplayer instead of "Go Online" instead of "go to the website" or some listeners will have to view it online)

    UK Radioplayer available on Mobile, tablet and via the web!

    Anything that has an Ofcom Radio license can apply and be added to Radioplayer.

    Only foreign, pirate radio and illegal broadcasts is excludable!

    What Europe perhaps needs is an Pan-European version of RadioPlayer!

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  2. The above list has been updated today to reflect that as of this afternoon, LBC is also on Freesat channel 734.

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