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Friday, 30th November

@t-Bristol radio likely to air at a later date, as space is reserved for SBN and student radio

Bristol's educational and learning radio station @t-Bristol may yet form part of the NOWdigital multiplex, despite news that SBN has signed a carriage deal with the multiplex operator to broadcast to Bristol and Bath, using space originally reserved for @t-Bristol. While plans are still being made to bring the learning radio station to the city, SBN has launched as an additional service.

                        SBN, the Student Broadcast Network, already broadcasts on the NOWdigital Coventy multiplex, but the station's owners, Channelfly plc, have secured a deal allowing the service to be heard on all 7 NOW multiplexes.

In Coventry, SBN broadcasts networked programming from its London headquarters when local student station RaW - Radio Warwick - is not broadcasting its own shows. The plans, announced this week, will see local student stations broadcasting to Bristol, Coventry and Wolverhampton. Further stations in Southend, Bournemouth, Exeter and Peterborough will go live when these multiplexes launch next year. The Bristol multiplex is currently running test transmissions of the SBN service only.

GWR’s New Media and Digital Director, Simon Ward, said
"GWR is very pleased that SBN has recognised that the future of radio is digital... We’re keen that NOWdigital provides the best range of services in all of its areas, and we’re delighted that SBN and student stations in our areas will be taking an active role in DAB Digital Radio. Also with DAB Digital Radios dropping to under £100 next year, it would seem to be the perfect gift for students going off to University!"

Related links:
Bristol DAB radio station listings, on this site
NOWdigital website
B1000, Brunel University student radio website (Bristol)
Burst FM student radio website (Bristol)
Birst student radio website (Bournemouth)
WCR 1350 website (Wolverhampton)
Xpression FM website (Exeter)
URE website (Essex University)

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