Ahead of Magic launching nationally on DAB digital radio in January, Absolute Radio 90s has begun the first stage of its migration to local DAB multiplexes, replacing Kerrang outside of London.
Magic is taking over Absolute Radio 90s national capacity on DAB digital radio. The local versions of Magic in the North of England are being rebranded in line with their local FM sister station, leaving the London version to go live across the country.
Now, Absolute Radio 90s has begun transmitting on some local DAB multiplexes. This gives listeners a few weeks to adjust ahead of the second stage of its migration: when its national DAB signal is switched off.
As a result of the changes, Kerrang's DAB distribution being cut outside of London. For example, in cities such as Birmingham, Hull, Preston and Sheffield, Absolute Radio 90s has taken Kerrang's capacity. Absolute Radio 90s is available at 80kbps, an increase over the 64kbps bandwidth allocated to the station on national DAB. Kerrang meanwhile continues on Freeview and via online and mobile platforms.
Listeners can check which DAB stations are available in their area using the official DAB digital radio coverage checker at http://www.getdigitalradio.com/whats-on-dab/at-your-address/