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Sound Digital fills two DAB+ slots

The UK's second commercial radio multiplex is to be filled up in the new year following the addition of two new stations.

There were two empty DAB+ slots on the Sound Digital multiplex, which covers around 3/4 of the UK, following the removal of Awesome Radio and Share Radio in 2017.

On 24th January 2018, Forces Radio BFBS will return to DAB digital radio in the newer DAB+ format. Announcing the move, Nicky Ness, Director of Forces Broadcasting and Entertainment for Forces Network said:

“We’re excited to be back as a national digital channel from January and are delighted with the opportunities that DAB+ has opened up for us. 
Our listeners told us how disappointed they were when we came off Digital One earlier in 2017 but as the platform is entirely funded by charitable means, we’ve been working hard to find the best value alternative."

Meanwhile, it has also been confirmed that the company behind Jack FM and Union Jack will be launching a new DAB+ station on Sound Digital in the new year, promising to provide listeners with a "format never heard before anywhere" by Easter. As a result, Jack DAB stations in Portsmouth and Surrey will close at the end of this month.