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Friday, 10th May 2002
Rival operator laments as Capital Radio wins in Solent

Capital Radio Digital is bringing local DAB digital radio to Southampton, Portsmouth and other parts of South Hampshire.

The radio operator has secured the licence award against newly-formed Solent Digital Radio Limited, who also put in an application to run the multiplex.

DAB digital radio logo by Steven Hooper                            

From January 2003, listeners with a DAB digital tuner will be able to hear local stations BBC Radio Solent, Ocean FM, 103.2 Power FM and classic hits station Capital Gold. Also on the new service on channel 11C, subject to confirmation, will be Solent regional station Wave 105.

Modern rock station The Storm is also planned to appear on the new multiplex, alongside easy-listening-and-talk station Saga Radio. These two services can already be heard on several digital multiplexes in the UK and on the internet.

Passion for the Planet - a green issues and world music station - is another brand new addition to the ensemble, with student radio service SBN sharing space on the multiplex with SouthCity FM, childrens' radio service Abracadabra and hospital radio from Southampton.

Related links:
Portsmouth and Southampton radio stations, on this website.
Details of the two applications from NOWDigital and Capital Radio, on this website.
Capital Radio website

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