Derbyshire DAB launch line-up revealed

Now Digital is the licence holder for the Derbyshire multiplex
UPDATE: Derbyshire DAB launches 23rd July 2014, initially for listeners in and around Derby. More click here...

Five radio stations will join Derbyshire's new local DAB digital radio multiplex when it launches shortly, according to a multiplex variation request published by Ofcom.

Soon, listeners in many parts of Derbyshire will be able to listen to:
  • BBC Radio Derby
  • Capital (simulcast of 102.8 FM)
  • Gold (simulcast of 945 AM)
  • Gem 106 (simulcast of 106 FM)
  • Heart
from DAB digital radio transmitters serving Derbyshire.

All stations will broadcast in 128 kbps joint stereo via VHF frequency block 10B.

A variation request for the Derbyshire multiplex was required because the launch line-up of stations has changed, reflecting major changes in the radio industry and ownership of stations since the licence to operate local DAB in the county was advertised in 2007.

The original licence was awarded based on stations including Galaxy, which along with RAM FM became part of the Capital FM network. Chesterfield's Peak FM, owned by UTV, is no longer part of the launch line-up.

Smooth Radio East Midlands is a notable absentee from the current launch line-up, given that the national version of the station is due to be pulled from DAB in the future.
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