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Absolute 90s to go national on DAB once more

The DAB slot formerly used by Magic Xmas and Kiss Fresh is being taken over by Absolute 90s.

The music station will appear on the national Digital One multiplex on Monday 29th January 2018, filling a 80kbps mono slot that has been vacant since Magic's Christmas radio station finished at the end of December. Listeners may need to retune to listen.

Absolute 90s has in recent years been relegated to a number of local DAB multiplexes serving places including Birmingham, Hull, Inverness, Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester, after having been originally available on national DAB until around three years ago.

It's not been announced what will happen to all of those potentially available local DAB slots, although in a number of those locations, industry campaigners have complained about a lack of available DAB capacity to launch new stations

Absolute's 80s counterpart is currently broadcast on the Sound Digital (Digital 2) multiplex with around 75% UK coverage. But the 90s service will reach over 90% of the population via DAB.

Announcing the arrival of the station next Monday, Absolute Radio's content director Paul Sylvester commented: 
"The 90s renaissance is stronger than ever and Absolute Radio 90s perfectly encapsulates the decade's music and culture. Already a fully-fledged radio stationn with a brillant line-up of presenters and programmes, we're delighted to be able to share the station with a bigger audience."