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Saturday, 23rd February
Radio Authority reaches agreement to allow variations to NOWDigital multilplex services.

Several proposed stations have had to be dropped by the local digital multiplex operator following news that a number of service providers have pulled out as digital radio programme suppliers.

Bristol's unnamed easy listening service, currently broadcasting continuous music from CD, looks to stay on the multiplex as a temporary measure while a new provider is found. The station The Lounge was to have launched on the Bristol multiplex as the easy service.

DAB digital radio logo                             The unnamed dance service will be part of the Bristol multiplex for the foreseeable future. An urban dance station had originally formed part of NOWDigital's plan for the multiplex. It was also to be heard on the Coventry local multiplex. However, the service is no longer going ahead.

Wolverhampton will also get the dance treatment, following the loss of The Rhythm. The Radio Authority has agreed to the replacement format, "on the grounds that the range of services would not be unacceptably diminished." Bristol and Coventry could have a year-long wait for a replacement service for The Rhythm on their multiplexes.

Local programming on modern rock station The Storm could be held off for another two years on the Bristol and Bath, Coventry and Wolverhampton multiplexes. On a more positive note, The Radio Authority has decided student services on all three multiplexes must carry daily local programming of one-and-a-half hours.

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