DAB station updates: June/July 2015

A number of changes are happening to the DAB digital radio service during the summer, including the addition of temporary summer 'pop-up' stations in three locations on DAB and a reshuffle of services in Yorkshire.

Here's a guide to the main changes across the UK, which we'll keep updated during June and July. You may need to retune to receive new services, although most DAB digital radios should automatically add services.

National
TeamRock ends transmission on national DAB at the end of June. The station will continue to be distributed via online platforms. A replacement service using TeamRock's bandwidth is due by September.

London
French Radio London ended transmission on London DAB on 25th June 2015. The station continues to be distributed via online platforms.

Mi-Soul Radio has launched on DAB in London.

Northern Ireland
BBC Radio Foyle officially launches on DAB on 15th June 2015. As previously reported the station popped up on the Northern Ireland multiplex in May.

Stoke-on-Trent 
In Staffordshire, non-stop music station Signal Summer will be carried on the Stoke-on-Trent local DAB multiplex from 15th June until 6th September 2015. The station will use a 80kbps mono stream.

Surrey and South London
Heart (Crawley and Surrey version) will join local DAB from 1st July for listeners able to receive services from the South London and Surrey multiplex, which already carries services including BBC Surrey and Eagle Radio.

Swansea
In South West Wales, non-stop music station The Wave Summer will be carried on the Swansea local DAB multiplex from 15th June until 6th September 2015. The station will use a 80kbps mono stream.

Yorkshire
A number of frequency changes have taken place as a result of changes to the way DAB digital radio is distributed in Yorkshire at the end of June.

The changes affect Capital, Gold, Heart, Radio Yorkshire, Smooth, UCB Gospel, UCB Inspirational and XFM.  Listeners tuned into the old frequency will need to retune and adjust any presets on their radio.

In East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire:  
  • Capital, Smooth and Gold move to the Humberside multiplex, on the same DAB frequency carrying local station Viking. 
  • Heart will not be available on DAB, but overspill reception from other areas might be possible in places. 
  • Radio Yorkshire, XFM and UCB Gospel and Inspirational will no longer be carried on DAB in the local area, although Radio Yorkshire may still be available in some areas via overspill reception from North Yorkshire.

North Yorkshire:
  • Capital, Smooth and Radio Yorkshire move to the North Yorkshire multiplex, on the same DAB frequency carrying BBC Radio York and Yorkshire Coast Radio. 
  • Heart will not be available on DAB from the local DAB multiplex, but overspill reception from other areas might be possible in places. 
  • Gold, XFM and UCB Gospel and Inspirational will no longer be carried on DAB in the local area.

South Yorkshire:
  • Capital, Heart and Smooth move to the South Yorkshire local DAB multiplexes, on the same DAB frequency carrying Hallam. 
  • Gold, Radio Yorkshire, XFM and UCB Gospel and Inspirational will no longer be carried on DAB in the local area.

West Yorkshire:
  • Capital and Heart will be available via both the Bradford & Huddersfield and Leeds local DAB multiplexes, on the frequencies that currently carry Radio Aire (Leeds multiplex) and Pulse (Bradford & Huddersfield multiplex). Heart will be available in stereo on the Leeds multiplex and in mono on the Bradford & Huddersfield multiplex. 
  • Smooth will be available on the Leeds local DAB multiplex, on the same DAB frequency as Radio Aire. 
  • Radio Yorkshire will be available on the Bradford & Huddersfield local DAB multiplex from 29th June.
  • Gold, XFM and UCB Gospel and Inspirational will no longer be carried on DAB in the local area.
 
Additionally, and separate to the changes listed above, in West Yorkshire, non-stop music station Pulse Summer will be carried on the Bradford and Huddersfield local DAB multiplex from 15th June until 6th September 2015.

Later this year
The local DAB multiplex for Lincolnshire is due to launch in September, according to multiplex operator MuxCo. BBC Radio Lincolnshire, Lincs FM and Compass FM are confirmed for the new multiplex. Details of other stations that will be carried on the multiplex are to be confirmed by MuxCo closer to launch.

In Aldershot, Birmingham, Brighton and Hove, Bristol, Cambridge, Glasgow, London, Manchester, Norwich and Portsmouth, local commercial and community stations will commence broadcasting on DAB digital radio as part of a nine-month trial authorised by Ofcom. You can see which stations are joining DAB here. Further information will be released in due course.


updated: 29/06/2015



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