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Friday, 6th July 2007
One horse race in battle for Derby

Local digital radio multiplex operator Now Digital has been successful in its application to run the new local DAB digital radio multiplex licence for Derbyshire, having won the DAB digital radio licence for the county in the East Midlands. No other applications for the licence were received by the radio regulator.

Although similar in line-up to the stations on the nearby Now Digital Nottinghamshire multiplex, Derby services have been confirmed as Christian station UCB UK, who are planning a quasi-national station network and also include local FM station Peak FM. BBC Radio Derby was guaranteed carriage on the multiplex.

NOW Digital (East Midlands) Limited multiplex line-up

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

  • Ram FM : pop and contemporary music (GCap Media plc)

  • Classic Gold Gem : classic hits (Classic Gold Digital Ltd)

  • Xfm : modern rock music (GCap Media plc)

  • UCB UK : music and religious programmes (UCB Ltd)

  • Smooth Radio : easy listening and classic hits (GMG Radio Holdings Ltd)

  • Galaxy Digital : dance and r&b (Chrysalis Radio)

  • Heart 106 : adult contemporary music (Chrysalis Radio)

  • Peak FM : adult contemporary music (Grand Central Broadcasting Ltd)

Now Digital are planning to switch on the five transmitters and launch the multiplex by July 2008. Coverage is expected to include around 80 percent of the adult population.

Although the Now Digital (East Midlands) consortium includes a 20 percent shareholding by Sabras Sound, the station no longer appears on the Nottinghamshire multiplex or has reserved space on the Derbyshire mux.



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