Forces Radio BFBS starts DAB+ transmission

Forces Radio BFBS has made its return to UK DAB this week, using the newer DAB+ standard.

Available on the Sound Digital (SDL National) multiplex effective midnight on the 24th January, its coverage extends to around three quarters of the UK. The move marks a return to UK digital terrestrial radio for the main BFBS station after nearly nine months, after its previous national carriage with Digital One expired. 

Station favourites such as X Factor finalist, Jay James, and award-winning presenter, Hal Stewart, are part of the station line-up with their highly energetic, fun-packed music and entertainment radio programme, ‘The Big Show’.

Former Magic co-host, Verity Geere, and forces favourite, Richard Hatch, are now waking up the nation with their breakfast show every weekday morning on DAB+.

Labelled "Forces" or "ForcesRadio BFBS", depending on the radio's display capabilities, the revised station name reflects a wider rebranding of media services being undertaken by station operator SSVC, which aims to bring radio, TV and online services for the forces together under the "Forces Network" banner.

The station is only available to listeners with digital radios that support the DAB+ standard. Coverage currently excludes parts of Scotland, Wales, the West Country and sections of East Anglia. Listeners who can already receive other services broadcast by Sound Digital - i.e. TalkRADIO and Virgin Radio UK will receive Forces Radio BFBS. A retune may be required.

Away from digital terrestrial radio (DAB+), the station continues to be available on Freesat 786, Sky 0211, online and via the BFBS Radio Mobile App.

Coinciding with the re-launch on UK digital terrestrial radio, Glyn Jones, Digital Radio Commercial Manager at Arqiva, said:
“Arqiva has had a strong relationship with the Forces Network across our TV and radio platforms for many years. We’re therefore delighted to welcome Forces Radio BFBS onto the national Sound Digital Multiplex.
“The station’s arrival on DAB+ is another sign of the strength of digital radio in the UK, and its ability to reach audiences in a cost-effective way. The choice of stations available on digital radio continues to grow and as the percentage of radio listening taking place on digital nears 50%, it is absolutely the platform to be on.”

Localised versions of BFBS are carried on a number of local and small-scale DAB multiplexes in a number of locations in addition to the main BFBS station. DAB digital radio coverage and stations available in your area can be checked out at

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