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Greatest Hits multiplex list confirmed as new stations approved for DAB announced

Full details of Greatest Hits Radio's DAB distribution have been confirmed as variation requests are submitted to Ofcom to make the station available on digital radio.

The station launches on the 7th January 2019, and will play music from the 70s, 80s and 90s to compliment its younger skewing sister station Hits Radio.

Originally announced by Bauer as being available on 'national DAB', the latest list from Ofcom confirms part national coverage via local DAB multiplexes, mostly matching Hits Radio's coverage. But the Northern Ireland multiplex is at the present time missing from the list of multiplexes where Greatest Hit's inclusion has been approved by Ofcom.

  • Berkshire & North Hampshire 
  • Bournemouth 
  • Bristol & Bath 
  • Cambridge 
  • Cornwall 
  • Derbyshire 
  • Essex 
  • Exeter, Torbay & North Devon 
  • Herts, Beds & Bucks 
  • Kent 
  • Leicestershire 
  • London I
  • Norfolk 
  • Northants 
  • Nottingham 
  • Oxfordshire 
  • Peterborough 
  • Plymouth 
  • South East Wales 
  • South Hampshire 
  • Sussex 
  • Swindon 
  • West Wiltshire 

Areas where Greatest Hits Radio will replace existing services:
  • Birmingham (replaces Free Radio 80s) 
  • Coventry (replaces Free Radio 80s) 
  • Hereford & Worcester (replaces Free Radio 80s) 
  • Humberside (replaces Viking 2) 
  • Lancashire (replaces Rock FM 2) 
  • Leeds (replaces Radio Aire 2) 
  • Liverpool (replaces Radio City 2) 
  • Manchester (replaces Key Radio) 
  • South Yorkshire (replaces Hallam 2) 
  • Teesside (replaces TFM 2)
  • Tyne & Wear (replaces Metro 2) 
  • Wolverhampton & Shropshire (replaces Free Radio 80s)

At the present time, Ofcom requires multiplex operators to submit requests whenever a variation to DAB stations carried on the multiplex needs to take place. 

The latest regulatory information from Ofcom also confirms the approval to add Atlas Radio, "a community-based station that will be broadcasting a tailor-made service that large chains of radio stations cannot offer to communities in specific areas" on the Hereford and Worcester local DAB multiplex.

The addition of Absolute Classic Rock in Ayr, Coventry, Wolverhampton and Shropshire has also been approved as has the addition of Rathergood Radio in London.

The removal of Coast and Country in North Yorkshire and The Wireless in London has also been approved.