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Tuesday, 11th February 2003
Kent draws one application for DAB digital radio licence

The DAB digital radio multiplex for the "Garden of England" is almost certain to go to Capital Radio Digital Limited. The radio operator, with multiplexes in Cardiff, South Hampshire and with interests in other multiplexes covering Manchester, Birmingham and London, was the only applicant for the licence.

The multiplex will cover inland areas of Kent, though coastal areas may fare less well, due to the proximity of our French neighbours and their own plans for the digital radio spectrum.

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With transmitters at Bluebel Hill, Chartham, Ashford, Tunbridge Wells and Margate, the digital radio multiplex will go on-air in April 2004, subject to any licence award.

The station list for the area is as follows:

  • BBC Radio Kent : news, information and music (BBC Radio)

  • Invicta FM : pop and contemporary music (Radio Invicta Ltd.)

  • Capital Gold : classic hits and oldies (Radio Invicta Ltd.)

  • Kent Digital Extra : classic hits with local news (Kent Messenger Ltd. subsidiary)

  • Xfm : modern rock, dance and alternative music (Capital Radio plc)

  • Saga Radio : easy listening music and chat (Saga Regional Digital Radio Ltd.)

  • Kiss : classic and contemporary dance music (Emap Performance Ltd.)

  • Community Radio : public access radio (provider TBA)

  • Shared Service :

    • Swale Sound : Local radio from 06:00 to 18:00 (Swale Sound)

    • Totally Radio : Breakbeat, chilled & specialist music (Festival Productions Ltd.)

Related links:
Kent and Medway radio stations, on this website.

guide to DAB digital radio, on this website.
where to buy DAB digital radio, on this website.
what to buy - a guide to DAB digital radio products, on this website. promo banner

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