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Sunday, 1st August 2004
Reading and Basingstoke DAB multiplex launches

The local DAB digital radio multiplex for Reading and Basingstoke has launched, giving the areas a new modern rock music station together with r&b and anthems station Kiss from London.

The new multiplex officially launched at 00:01 on Saturday, 31st July 2004. Joining the multiplex are established stations Classic Gold, 2Ten FM and BBC Radio Berkshire.


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Rock station The Storm and pop dance music station Kiss complete the current line up. An access channel, which was to have included student broadcaster SBN, is also present on the multiplex listing. SBN Limited has recently become insolvent, leaving an uncertain future for the student broadcast station. Saga Radio has held off joining the multiplex due to the status of parent company Saga Group, which is currently up for sale.

Transmitters broadcasting the services on the multiplex can be found at Hemdean (which has joined the line-up ahead of schedule), Hannington and Coppid Beech. A planning appeal has been launched for the fourth and final transmitter at Basingstoke, which was recently refused planning consent.

Listeners with a DAB digital radio in and around these areas can receive the new services by performing an "Autotune" or "Autoscan" with their DAB-enabled tuner or radio.

To receive DAB digital radio stations in the UK, you need a DAB digital radio - a type of radio that can receive DAB digital radio broadcasts. For more information, read our guide to DAB digital radio and discover more about the tuners available to buy.

Related links:
Reading and Berkshire radio stations, on this website.
Basingstoke and North Hampshire radio stations, on this website.
Reading and Berkshire DAB multiplex launch delayed until July 2004, news item.
NowDigital confirmed as winner of Reading local DAB licence, news item.

guide to DAB digital radio, on this website.
where to buy DAB digital radio, on this website.
portable digital radios, available to buy now, via this website.
digital radio tuners, on this website.
pocket DAB tuners, on this website.

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