Classic FM - the last remaining national FM network not to have previously been on Freeview - joins the service on channel 731, while news and talk station LBC is now on channel 732.
Global Radio already operates Capital (channel 724), Heart (channel 728) and Smooth Radio (channel 718) on Freeview.
These radio services are also available through YouView boxes. Some Freeview receivers will need retuning to receive these services.
The new additions are using capacity on the Arqiva operated multiplex that carries Sky News on Freeview, reaching around 90% of UK households.
Arqiva and Freeview statement
On the 5th February, Arqiva and Freeview published a press release confirming the additional stations and confirming new carriage agreements for other stations:
"In addition to the new stations, agreements with UTV for TalkSport and Bauer for Kiss, Kisstory, Kiss Fresh, Magic, Kerrang, The Hits Radio and Heat have also been concluded. Continuation of Smooth Radio (part of Global’s portfolio) and Premier Christian radio have also been agreed. "
Absolute, Capital and Heart are omitted here as they not carried on an Arqiva multiplex on Freeview.
Mike Finchen, Arqiva's Director of Digital Terrestrial Television said,“Arqiva fully supports a digital radio future and the accessibility of these radio brands on the Freeview platform supports this ambition. We’re excited by the addition of Classic FM and LBC to continue providing diverse content to Freeview listeners, alongside the on-going content from the existing stations.”
Guy North, Managing Director at Freeview said, “With over 25 radio stations on Freeview, the addition of Classic FM and LBC brings even more choice of entertaining conversation and music to for Freeview homes.”
As reported earlier this week, RNIB's Insight Radio is advising its listeners on satellite to switch to its service on Freeview channel 730.