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Gold switches London signal to DAB+


Oldie station Gold - the successor to regional stations including Capital Gold - won't be audible on older digital radios in London from later this week.

Gold, operated by commercial broadcaster Global, is switching to the newer DAB+ broadcast standard in London and surrounding areas on 2nd January 2019, according to an announcement by the station.

It's believed to be the first time a long-established broadcast station from one of the UK's major broadcasters has opted to make the change - which will mean listeners in and around London using an older DAB radio won't be able to listen to the station following the switch.

Until now, it's been mostly specialist, community and/or digital-only stations that have either launched as a DAB+ station or made the switch to DAB+ on local multiplexes, while only a handful of national stations - notably Jazz FM and Fun Kids - have opted for DAB+ so far.

The UK was an early adopter of the first generation of DAB, but means compared to elsewhere where digital radio is gaining a foothold, the country is behind with the adoption of the newer DAB+ standard.

Listeners will need to buy a DAB radio that bears the official digital radio tick mark or the new DAB+ logo. Alternatively, Gold continues to be broadcast on AM in London or can be accessed online, via smart speakers and mobile devices.

Update: Gold is broadcasting at 32kpbs, available in stereo on some DAB+ devices that support the HE-AAC v2 codec.