New DAB multiplex officially launched as retune campaign gets underway

Much of the technical work is done, now the ceremonial launch of the new Sound Digital radio multiplex has taken place: 

The Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport, Rt Hon John Whittingdale MP, today signalled a major expansion of choice and coverage of DAB digital radio stations for over 20 million households at an industry conference, Drive to Digital: National Now, hosted by talkSPORT presenter, Colin Murray.

Mr Whittingdale performed the official switch-on of the UK’s second national DAB digital radio multiplex network alongside Steve Holebrook, Managing Director of Arqiva Terrestrial Broadcast and Chairman of Sound Digital. Mr Whittingdale also launched a national retune campaign, pressing Digital Radio UK’s big green retune button and urging listeners to retune their digital radios to take full advantage of the range of services now available.

The new network from Sound Digital, a joint venture company formed by Arqiva, Bauer Media and Wireless Group, will feature 18 digital radio stations, with 11 now on -air and the remaining seven launching by the end of March. In conversation with Planet Rock Breakfast presenter, Paul Anthony, the Secretary of State welcomed the expansion of choice and coverage, emphasising the significance of this launch for the radio industry.

Rt Hon John Whittingdale MP, Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport, said:
“The launch of this new DAB network with 18 national stations is a tremendous step forward for digital radio. It means listeners around the UK have a greater choice of stations than ever before. All the public need to do is retune their digital radios so they can get the most out of the fantastic choice now available.”




Pictured: The Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport, Rt Hon John Whittingdale MP, performs the official switch-on of the UK’s second national DAB digital radio multiplex network alongside Steve Holebrook, Managing Director of Arqiva Terrestrial Broadcast and Chairman of Sound Digital and Planet Rock Breakfast presenter, Paul Anthony.


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5 comments:

  1. This should be refered to as a Regional network and not National with 25 to 30% of the country NOT covered.Under the Trade Descriptions Act I think they should be made to refer to it as Urban or Regional but not Nationalas it clearly is not!
    Great parts of Sussex,Kent East Anglia,The South Coast, West Counry, Wales and Scotland are soon to loose up to 5 existing DAB services from D1 and Local DAB to SDN which cannot be heard.
    This leaves a great part of the country with an appalling second class service and the government and ofcom should be ashamed of themselves for allowing this to happen.
    The sooner D1 is allowed to use DAB+ the better for the whole country because only then will SDN take the listeners seriously and give the country a truly National network.

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    1. Of course you can only lose stations from D1 if you had it in the first place. There are significant areas of the UK with no access to D1 or this so-called "National" Commercial DAB radio Mux. I'm not talking about remote areas either or small populations!

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  2. I think in time more transmitters will be added for D2 but yes we need more DAB+ stations on both D2 and D1

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  3. Don't forget the update to Mono sound! Now more stations than ever are available in glorious mono sound. DAB has never sounded better (than MW) LOL

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  4. PLEASE TELL PEOPLE THAT AUTOMOTIVE UNITS RETUNE AUTOMATICALLY AND THAT THEY RECEIVE DAB+

    Confusion will folow

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