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Thursday, 7th November 2002 (updated 11 July 2011)
MXR Digital emerge as winner in Yorkshire regional DAB multiplex award

Regional DAB digital radio operator MXR Digital has beaten competition from Yorkshire and Humberside Digital Radio (YHDR) to secure another licence award, this time in Yorkshire and Humberside.

July 2011 update: Want to know which stations are on this multiplex? Check our station listings...

With a station line-up that mimics that of the regional multiplex in South Wales and the West of England, MXR Digital is planning to launch eight full-time services and a rolling national and regional news station:

DAB digital radio logo by Steven Hooper                            

  • Urban Choice : urban sounds (Soul Media Ltd)

  • Capital Disney : top 40 pop music for teens, plus Disney programmes (Walt Disney/Capital Radio plc)

  • Heart : adult MOR (Chrysalis Radio Ltd)

  • Jazz FM : classic and new jazz & soul music (Jazz FM plc)

  • The Arrow : classic and current rock music (Chrysalis Radio Ltd)

  • Smooth : easy listening music (GMG plc)

  • DNN : national and local news (DNN Ltd)

  • Galaxy : contemporary dance and r&b music (Chrysalis Radio Ltd)

  • Real Radio : adult contemporary music and talk (GMG plc)

MXR Digital's shareholding is divided between:
Chrysalis Group plc (39.1pc), Capital Radio plc (16.7pc), GMG Radio Holdings Ltd (24.3pc), UBC Digital Ltd. (7.5pc), Soul Media Ltd. (7.4pc) and Ford Motor Co. Ltd. (5.0pc)

The multiplex will cover most of South and West Yorkshire as well as parts of North Yorkshire and Humberside and is expected to launch in June 2003.

Real Radio currently broadcasts on the West and South Yorkshire local DAB digital radio multiplexes, but it is thought these services will make way for Emap's modern rock station Kerrang!, which is currently available on the Freeview Digital Terrestrial Television platform. Real Radio has also disappeared from the Teeside and Tyne & Wear multiplex, increasing speculation that the new radio brand will also launch on these multiplexes.

Related links:
Yorkshire radio stations, on this website.
Yorkshire regional radio stations, on this website
guide to DAB digital radio, on this website.
details of the two applications, on this website.
what to buy - a guide to DAB digital radio products, on this website.
where to buy DAB digital radio, on this website.
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