Local DAB digital radio reaches North West Wales in December

UPDATED Listeners in parts of North Wales will be able to receive five extra stations on DAB digital radio from December, when a new local multiplex serving the area is due to go live.

BBC Radio Wales and Cymru will join Capital North Wales, Smooth Radio and Nation on the new multiplex which is expected to launch on the 12th December 2014.

Heart, which took over the frequencies previously used by Real Radio Wales is notably absent from the multiplex launch line-up, which was approved by Ofcom today.

The North Wales multiplex will initially broadcast from transmitters at Arfon and Conwy. The multiplex was originally earmarked to be merged with the multiplex serving North East Wales, as shown in this planning assumption from Ofcom, but is now launching with its own line-up of stations. Tests have begun on VHF Block 12D.

According to the Ofcom approval, the version of Capital FM on the multiplex is the version carried on the former Coast FM frequencies around Colwyn Bay, Llandudno and Conwy. The version with opt-outs for Anglesey and Gwynedd remains on FM only for listeners in the west of the multiplex coverage area.

Meanwhile, a launch date for the North Yorkshire local DAB multiplex has also been revealed today. More details here.

Other DAB news:
Kisstory and Heat to launch in more areas on DAB digital radio

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