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Off again: Wireless pulls Swansea DAB duplicates


After only a few weeks on local DAB in Swansea and SW Wales, Wireless Group pulls its three national services.

At the beginning of the year, TalkSPORT 2, TalkRADIO and Virgin Radio launched on the local DAB multiplex covering Swansea and surrounding area, filling in coverage gaps left by the national Sound Digital multiplex which carries these stations, but creating a duplication of services for listeners in and around Swansea itself.

The three stations were removed last week, making them some of the shortest-lived non pop-up services on local DAB. The broadcaster's request to remove them again was confirmed this morning by Ofcom.

Stations on the Swansea multiplex that had their bitrates cut to 112kbps to accommodate the national networks have been restored to their previous bitrates.