Capital FM appears on a national DAB slot
Global Radio has added the London version of hit music station Capital FM on to national DAB multiplex Digital One.
Labelled as "Capital UK" on national DAB, the move means many listeners now have the choice of listening to either their local version of the station or the UK wide edition with London's breakfast and drive-time shows and different adverts.
However, while the local versions of Capital are broadcast in stereo on DAB, Capital UK is in mono, using some of the capacity freed up by the move of several stations to the Digital 2 multiplex earlier this year. The launch of a UK-wide version of Capital on DAB appears to have been timed to follow the recent DAB addition of the last local versions of Capital that previously weren't on the digital radio service.
There’s already disappointment from some observers over DAB capacity being used to largely duplicate an existing service instead of offering more choice of music on the platform.
Global Radio already distributes the London version nationally via digital TV platforms including Freeview.