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DAB digital radio updates: September 2013

Changes to DAB digital radio continue this month, with local DAB expanding into SW Wales and a looped message on Gold in the Manchester area advising of its closure in that area.

As part of the changes in the North West, Real, Smooth and Capital are moving multiplexes: when the process starts after 12th September, listeners will need to retune to continue listening to these stations on DAB. XFM is being removed from local DAB this month in Central Lancashire.

There are also tests taking place in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire this month ahead of further local multiplex launches, which will see local stations become available on DAB in these areas for the first time. The exact launch dates are yet to be confirmed, and are subject to BT completing necessary works.

North West England
DAB Changes ahead of the regional multiplex switch-off date 24 September.
Capital, Real and Smooth move from the regional multiplex to local multiplexes serving Central Lancs, Liverpool and Manchester.

These stations will begin transmitting on their new multiplex positions from the 12th September.
Now playing recorded loop advising of the closure on Manchester multiplex. The service will be removed altogether in the region from 24th September.
to be removed from C Lancs local multiplex* (source: Ofcom)
is being removed from DAB in this area from 24th September
UCB Gospel / Inspirational
is being removed from DAB in this area from 24th September
(based on available information, 09/09/2013; this is not yet the final position ahead of the regional multiplex switch-off date 24/09/2013 – further updates to follow)

The Mid and West Wales multiplex officially launched on the 6th September. It first began transmitting on the 30th August 2013:

Mid and West Wales Local DAB
VHF block 12D (229.072 MHz)
Transmitters at launch:
Kilvey Hill (Swansea),
Carmel (Carmarthenshire),
Preseli (Pembrokeshire)
Launch line up
BBC Radio Wales
BBC Radio Cymru
Radio Pembrokeshire
Radio Carmarthenshire
Nation Hits
Nation Radio
Real Radio Wales

Additionally, Real Radio XS has joined the Ayr local DAB multiplex.

Meanwhile, Radio XL - previously broadcast on the West Midlands regional multiplex prior to its closure last month has obtained capacity on the Wolverhampton, Shrewsbury and Telford multiplex, which also covers parts of the Birmingham area.