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Radio news archive
January 2007 to December 2007


Mid Wales and West Wales will have local DAB in late 2009 or early 2010
The radio regulator is currently advertising the local DAB digital radio multiplex licence for Mid Wales and West Wales. Following a licence award, radio services are likely to be on air at the end of 2009 or in early 2010. Channel 10C is available for the northeastern part of the licence area, whilst channel 12D will cover the southwestern transmission area. This means between sixteen and twenty stations could launch on DAB across the regions. The licence is offered for radio stations covering the counties of Pembrokeshire/Sir Benfro, Carmarthenshire/Sir Gaerfyrddin, Ceredigion and Powys, subject to frequency availablilty and transmitter locations.

It is likely Town and Country Broadcasting, owners of Radio Pembrokeshire and Radio Carmarthenshire, Radio Maldwyn's owner Murfin Music International and Radio Ceredigion from Tindle Radio may form a consortium with DAB multiplex operator MuxCo, who are planning to make an application for the multiplex.

The Mid and West Wales advertisement is part of the updated timetable for 2007/2008 for DAB multiplex licences.
[Sat 1 Dec 07]

Diamond FM Plymouth
Diamond isn't Plymouth's best friend
Radio UK Holdings Limited, owned by Macquarie Bank Limited of Australia, has handed back the licence it won in March 2006 for Plymouth's new FM radio station. Diamond FM was to have launched within two years of the licence award, but Radio UK Holdings failure to win any other local or regional FM licences has meant a review of its plans. The licence is being advertised once again by Ofcom, the media regulator.
[Sat 1 Dec 07]

TEAC's Reference 300 DR-H300 DAB receiver with DVD player
TEAC combines DAB with DVD in compact system
TEAC's Reference 300 DR-H300 DAB receiver with DVD player offers a one-unit solution for a variety of functions.
[Sat 17 Nov 07]

Roberts RD21 DAB portable
Roberts RD21 DAB portable goes for 150 hours
The new RD21 plays for up to 150 hours on one set of batteries.
[Sat 17 Nov 07]

DAB digital radio multiplexes image
Timetable for DAB digital licences for 2008 announced
Somerset and parts of North Wales are added to the proposed list for local DAB.
[Thurs 15 Nov 07]

DAB transmitter info
National commercial DAB radio stations picked up in Chesterfield and Workington
Core, Life, Virgin Radio, Classic FM and talkSPORT can now be received on a DAB digital radio in Chesterfield, Derbyshire and Workington in Cumbria. Details of all services can be viewed on our radio directory pages.
[Thurs 15 Nov 07]

Digital radio doctors MuxCO and Now Digital go for licence
A shower of local DAB services is promised for Gloucester to launch by the end of 2008.
[Thurs 13 Nov 07]

Now Digital
Now Digital not foxed by local DAB multiplex
October 2008 sees the launch of Fox, Jack FM and BBC Radio Oxford on local digital radio.
[Thurs 13 Nov 07]

Xfm South Wales
Xfm test transmissions begin for 29th November launch
The new modern rock radio station for South Wales, Xfm, is busy testing on 107.3FM in and around Swansea and on 106.8FM in Cardiff in time for its launch at the midday towards end of the month.
[Tue 13 Oct 07]

Pure Chronos II silver
Pure adds Chronos II DAB alarm clock radio
Pure's latest DAB clock alarm radio offers 4 alarms and an automatically dimming display.
[Mon 22 Oct 07]

Intempo TRS-01 DAB/FM portable
Intempo TRS-01 takes on Pure
Intempo's inexpensive DAB radio features FM RDS and runs on AA batteries.
[Mon 22 Oct 07]

iRiver B20 DAB/mp3/video player
iRiver D20 DAB mp3 swims against the iPod tide
This natty mp3 and video player sports a DAB radio, tilting screen for function selection and joins the Cowon iAudio D2 player in a new range of smart DAB radios.
[Sun 14 Oct 07]

Pure Evoke 1S DAB/FM radio
New model Pure Evoke 1S DAB portable radio
Pure's new DAB portable radio is a familiar take, with some new themes.
[Sun 14 Oct 07]

DAB transmitter info
National commercial DAB radio stations picked up in Selkirk and Galashiels
Core, Life, Virgin Radio, Classic FM and talkSPORT can now be received on a DAB digital radio in parts of the Scottish Borders. Details of all services can be viewed on our radio directory pages.
[Sat 13 Oct 07]

Now Digital
Two applications but only one winner in Northants
Gold, Northants 96 and BBC Radio Northampton will launch on DAB in September 2008.
[Thurs 11 Oct 07]

BBC One DAB trial on Virgin Mobile has ended
Thanks for watching... BBC One drops off Lobster DAB mobile
The trial broadcast of BBC One on the Virgin Lobster DAB mobile has ended, following the news in summer that the provider of the mobile TV service, BT Movio, is to close. The contract between Digital One, which operates the multiplex that carries the mobile TV service, and BT Movio is set to expire in 2008. All mobile TV streams carried on the Digital One multiplex will then be stopped.

Happily, the DAB digital radio services are all unaffected and can still be received on the Lobster DAB mobile. The end of carriage of the TV services follows poor sales of the Lobster DAB 'phone, which was the first commercially available mobile that can receive DAB broadcasts. The 'phone was heavily discounted earlier this year from its original price of GBP199.
[Thurs 11 Oct 07]

DAB transmitter info
Whitehaven and Cumbrian coast turn to DAB
BBC 6 Music, Virgin Radio and Planet Rock can now be picked up in parts of Cumbria.
[Mon 1 Oct 07]

DAB lineup set to change with addition of Asian stations
Ofcom, the media regulator, has agreed a number of changes to local and regional DAB digital radio multiplexes up and down the country. The changes taking place or that have taken place are:

London II multiplex: Replacement of Traffic and Travel Format with South Asian service to be known as 'Zee Radio'
West Midlands multiplex: Addition of Urban Asian Format and service to be known as 'Urban Asia'
Wolverhampton multiplex: Removal of DayOne Radio from the Access Channel (see article below for details)
London III multiplex: Replacement of Rhythmic Adult Contemporary Format with Pop and the service 'Smash Hits'
[Mon 1 Oct 07]

Pure Siesta DAB radio
Pure Siesta DAB alarm clock radio shipping
Pure's new DAB clock alarm radio aims to be eco-friendly in more ways than one.
[Sun 30 Sept 07]

MuxCo Yorkshire
Minster, Stray and Yorkshire Coast form DAB multiplex application
There is just one interested party for the local DAB digital radio multiplex serving North Yorkshire.
[Thu 13 Sept 07]

MuxCo gain Northeast Wales and West Chester
MuxCo's second win of the day ensures Northeast Wales tunes into DAB digital radio from next summer.
[Sun 9 Sept 07]

MuxCo Hereford and Worcester
MuxCo break the spell of Now Digital in Hereford and Worcester
New DAB applicant MuxCo gains its first licence award for the two counties, paving the way for services to start in September 2008.
[Sun 9 Sept 07]

Day One Radio logo
One day Christian radio will return to Wolverhampton
Day One Radio, which featured on local DAB digital radio multiplex serving Wolverhampton, has been taken off the area's Access Channel. It is understood many of the programmes on Day One Radio will be carried on UCB's UK and Inspirational stations, which are due to launch on the MXR-operated West Midlands multiplex on 1st October 2007 (see below). Now Digital, which owns the multiplex, failed to secure a deal with UCB to carry the Christian music and praise services on their multiplexes.
[Sun 9 Sept 07]

UCB UK logoUCB Inspirational
UCB UK and UCB Inspirational to launch on DAB regionals in England and Wales
Christian music and praise stations UCB UK and UCB Inspirational are due to launch on MXR-operated DAB digital radio multiplexes serving North East England, Yorkshire, North West England and West Midlands as a replacement for teens' station Capital Disney, which closed earlier this year. The stations also join the multiplex serving South Wales and The West of England, where it will replace the DAB broadcast of jazzfm.com
[Sun 9 Sept 07]

Panjab Radio logo
Panjab Radio to take jazzfm.com's place on West Mids DAB multiplex
The station for Panjabi language, heritage, culture, traditions, music and acts - Panjab Radio - is due to launch on the West Midlands as a replacement for the DAB output of jazz music station jazzfm.com on 1st November 2007. The station already features on the London III and Bradford/Huddersfield DAB multiplexes.
[Sun 9 Sept 07]


Radio regulator says "no need to bother" with commitment to DAB stations
Ofcom, the media regulator, has removed the requirement for local DAB multiplex operator Now Digital to provide an additional station on its Exeter & Torbay multiplex, and for a replacement adult contemporary music service on the Cardiff and Newport multiplex, following the sale of Century FM by parent company GCap Media to GMG Radio in October 2006. Following the removal of Saga Radio from the South Hants multiplex in February 2006, Ofcom has also decided that Now Digital (having taken over the operation of the multiplex after the merger of Capital Radio/GWR Group) need not provide a replacement easy listening service on the multiplex.
[Sun 9 Sept 07]

Heat Radio logo
Turn up the heat?
A new celebrity gossip and top 40 hit music station heat is to launch on several local DAB digital radio multiplexes up and down the UK. The new station will be heard on the DAB digital radio multiplexes serving Ayr, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Perth, Northern Ireland, Manchester, Liverpool, Central Lancashire, Tyne and Wear, Teesside, Humberside, Leeds, South Yorkshire, Inverness, Birmingham and on the London I multiplex. The existing station will be relaunched in the areas in which it already broadcasts. The change to the station's output represents a shift to a fresher sound and a cut in ad breaks.

In Birmingham, heat replaces easy listening music service Magic on DAB, Smash Hits Radio on London I, MFR FM in Inverness and, for the first time, appears on the Manchester multiplex.
[Sun 9 Sept 07]

MuxCo OxfordNow Digital
MuxCo offer 4 commercial licencees chance to get on DAB
All 5 local FM services - including BBC Radio Oxford - could take their place on DAB in Oxfordshire if MuxCo's licence application is successful.
[Thurs 9 Aug 07]

Talk 107
Talk 107 looking to expand through Central Scotland regional DAB mux
Edinburgh's local FM station Talk 107 has applied for carriage on the Central Scotland regional DAB digital radio multiplex and is due to begin broadcasting on the multiplex shortly. The multiplex broadcasts to a region of around 2.75 million people.
[Sat 4 Aug 07]

UCB logo
UCB October 2007 launch on North-East and South Wales & West DAB
Christian music and talk station UCB UK looks set to launch on two regional DAB digital radio multiplexes in the UK in October 2007. The station already broadcasts to Stoke-on-Trent and London and can also be found online and on satellite radio. The two multiplexes serving North-East England and South Wales and the Severn Estuary
[Sat 4 Aug 07]

Traffic Radio logo
Traffic Radio is coming to Stoke DAB multiplex
Traffic and roads service Traffic Radio will launch on the Stoke DAB digital radio multplex shortly, it has been announced. The service already appears on many DAB multiplexes across England. The station will give Highways Agency road information for the Midlands and beyond.
[Sat 4 Aug 07]

Radio Hampshire
First of Town and Country makes it onto DAB
Radio Hampshire, the new name for 107.8 The Saint, under new owners Town and Country Broadcasting, is the first from the company's portfolio to be heard on DAB digital radio. 107.8 The Saint already occupies capacity on the South Hants multiplex. Radio Hampshire takes over space on the multiplex. The company runs a number of local FM stations in South Wales including Swansea Bay Radio and Bridge FM.
[Sat 4 Aug 07]

Gold
It's all Gold across the UK
Capital Gold and Classic Gold are merged to form a new classic hits network
[Sat 4 Aug 07]

Now Digital
Who will go for Gloucester?
The radio regulator seeks interested parties to run Gloucestershire's local DAB multiplex
[Thurs 19 Jul 07]

TEAC RX-1 DAB radio
TEAC RX-1 DAB comes flat-packed
Hang out with the latest portable DAB radio from TEAC, using NXT flat panel technology
[Sun 8 Jul 07]

National Grid Wireless and 4 Digital Group logos
4 Digital Group beat NGW for second UK-wide DAB multiplex
The new multiplex will carry Channel 4 Radio and bring back national talk station talkRadio.
[Fri 6 Jul 07]

Sony DABSony DAB
New style Sony DAB hifi coming soon
Sony announces its forthcoming CMT-BX7DAB and CMT-HX9DAB systems
[Sun 8 Jul 07]

Now Digital
One horse race in Derby
Now Digital clear the only hurdle in its ambitions to run Derbyshire's local DAB radio multiplex
[Fri 6 Jul 07]

Sony DAB
Sony CMT-GS30B builds on the success of its entry-level systems
Sony turns up the power with its latest DAB micro system
[Sun 8 Jul 07]

MuxCo NorthamptonshireNow Digital
Almost a level playing field for Northants DAB radio multiplex?
Two applicants offer similar services - but Now Digital has the advantage of operating 18 existing local radio multiplexes.
[Thurs 5 July 07]

TEAC MCDX220iDAB
TEAC system combines DAB and iPod dock in combination
The MCDX220iDAB DAB lifestyle system features a dedicated iPod dock and separate subwoofer
[Sun 8 Jul 07]

Panasonic SCEN-35DB DAB micro systems
Panasonic SCEN-35DB builds on company's success in desktop DAB
Panasonic's latest desktop design is ideal for a bedroom or study
[Sun 8 Jul 07]

Highways Agency logo
Traffic Radio launches on several Emap and Now Digital multiplexes
A new traffic and roadworks information station has launched on DAB digital radio multiplexes serving in Birmingham, Manchester, Central Lancashire, Humberside, Leeds, Liverpool, South Yorkshire, Teesside, Tyne & Wear, London, Leicester, Nottingham, South Hampshire, Swindon and West Wiltshire, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cambridge, Coventry, Exeter and Torbay, Kent, Norwich, Peterborough, Plymouth and Cornwall, Reading, Southend and Chelmsford, Wolverhampton, Bradford and Huddersfield.
The new station can be heard on DAB digital radio in the above areas. The launch follows a successful trial in Bristol last autumn. The station replaces Smash Hits Radio on Emap's local digital radio multiplexes and the multiplex serving Manchester.
[Sat 30 June 07] (updated Sun 1 Jul 07)

panasonic scpmx2db
Panasonic introduces the SCPMX2DB to its range
The new, high-powered DAB micro employs three-way speakers and MP3/WMA compatibility
[Sun 8 Jul 07]

panasonic sc-ns55dbebs
Panasonic goes wireless with its latest DAB music player system
Panasonic's trio of new DAB compact micro systems includes one with Bluetooth capability
[Sun 8 Jul 07]

Xfm South Wales
Xfm launches on South Wales and The West regional multiplex
The new regional radio station for South Wales, Xfm, has launched on South Wales' regional DAB digital multiplex as Xfm UK, before its launch on FM in the region. Xfm UK will run until launch time, when the service will switch to its South Wales output. The station can already be heard on the local DAB digital radio multiplexes serving Bristol and Cardiff.
[Sat 30 June 07] (amended Sun 1 Jul 07)

Capital Disney logo
Capital Disney off the air everywhere
The station for kids found on many regional DAB multiplexes up and down the UK, Capital Disney has ceased broadcasting.
[Sat 30 June 07]

Century FM logo
Century drops off Birmingham multiplex
Century radio in Birmingham has been taken off the city's local DAB digital radio multiplex. Traffic Radio is its replacement.
[Sat 30 June 07]

MuxCo Yorkshire
MuxCo lines up bid for North Yorkshire multiplex
Prospective DAB operator MuxCo in the frame for York and Scarborough DAB plex
[Wed 13 June 07]

MuxCo Herts, Beds and BucksNow Digital
Hopes dashed at MuxCo Herts, Beds and Bucks
New DAB applicant MuxCo loses out to established operator Now Digital for northern home counties licence.
[Tue 12 June 07]

MuxCo Hereford and WorcesterNow Digital
MuxCo lays down local routes in DAB
New DAB applicant MuxCo promises local rock and news services for its Hereford and Worcester DAB application.
[Sun 10 June 07]

MuxCO could see Now Digital Buzz off
The new local DAB multiplex covering West Cheshire, Wrexham & North-East Wales brings in two applications
[Sun 27 May 07]

Capital Disney logo
Capital Disney runs out of steam for kids
The station for kids found on many regional DAB multiplexes up and down the UK, Capital Disney is set to close, with nonstop music replacing it until 29th June.
[Sun 27 May 07]

Oxfordshire will have local DAB in 2008
The radio regulator is currently advertising the local DAB digital radio multiplex licence for Oxfordshire. Following a licence award, services are likely to be on air at the end of 2008. Likely applicants include Now Digital, who will want to see Fox FM take to the digital airwaves.
[Sun 13 May 07]

Xfm South Wales
Xfm wins in South Wales
The new regional radio station for South Wales will be new rock music station Xfm. The station will also play tracks from unsigned artists in Wales.
[Sun 13 May 07]

Genus Type-R DAB/FM radio
The extremely well built Type R portable is now available.
[Sun 06 May 07]

Tivoli Audio SongBook DAB 100 radio
We take a look at the forthcoming SongBook 100 DAB/FM portable from Tivoli.
[Sun 06 May 07]

Vita R2 DAB stereo system hits the shelves
The follow-up to the highly rated R1 features twin speakers and MP3 player input.
[Sun 06 May 07]

Gimme ten
A host of new national commercial radio DAB transmitters is in the pipeline.
[Tue 17 Apr 07]

Derbysure of getting local DAB multiplex licence
Now Digital is the sole operator electing to run the local DAB digital radio multiplex for Derby and Derbyshire.
[Tue 17 Apr 07]

Northampton DAB multiplex could see a variety of new stations
With only four existing stations serving the area, Northamptonshire could see a significant rise in its radio services in 2008.
[Sun 15 Apr 07]

North-East Wales teams up with parts of Cheshire for new local mux
The new multiplex ensures BBC Radio Wales and Radio Cymru will be heard on the multiplex, but not the forthcoming BBC Radio Chester.
[Sun 15 Apr 07]

National Grid Wireless and 4 Digital Group logos
National Grid Wireless and 4 Digital Group target second UK DAB multiplex
The next UK-wide DAB multiplex will go to one of two bidders.
[Sun 15 Apr 07]

MuxCO and NOW Digital go for Three Counties
The new variety rock and pop music format Jack FM and a chillout station are proposed for the new DAB multiplex serving Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire
[Sun 15 Apr 07]

3C digital radio
3C Continuous Cool Country discontinued
Country music station 3C closed down today. The Emap-owned DAB digital radio station broadcast across several local DAB digital radio multiplexes in Scotland, North-West and North-East England, and on the national commercial DAB multiplex serving Northern Ireland. There is no word yet of its replacement.
[Tues 27 Mar 07]

Smooth transition sees jazz service surface
Smooth Radio launches across parts of the UK on DAB and FM, while jazzfm makes comeback
[Sun 25 Mar 07]

UCB confirms carriage on Stoke local DAB multiplex
United Christian Broadcasters plan early April launch to Stoke-on-Trent and beyond
[Sun 25 Mar 07]

Herefordshire and Worcestershire will have local DAB in 2008
The radio regulator is currently advertising the local DAB digital radio multiplex licence for Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Following a licence award, services are likely to be on air at the end of 2008.
[Sun 25 Mar 07]

Digital One powers up two transmitters in and around London
Virgin Radio and talkSPORT can now be heard on DAB in and around Woolwich and London
[Sun 25 Mar 07]

Ofcom decides Pembs/Carms multiplex will include Powys and Ceredigion
The media regulator has amended the advertisement for a local DAB multiplex for Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire to cover Powys and Ceredigion, in order that as much of the population of Wales as possible can receive DAB digital radio broadcasts. BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru both have capacity reserved on the multiplex.
[Sun 25 Mar 07]

Pure DMX-25 DAB micro system review
Pure's new entry level DAB micro complete with MP3, CD and USB memory stick music file playback
[Fri 02 Mar 07]

Pure Move review
We take a look at the Pure Move DAB/FM portable in our review from Sound and Vision - The Bristol Show
[Fri 02 Mar 07]

Pure PocketDAB 1500 in the frame
Taking a closer look at Pure's DAB/FM handheld you can carry anywhere
[Fri 02 Mar 07]

Vita R1 DAB/FM radio reviewed
With its distinctive Rotodial, the VitaAudio R1 heads for the higher end of the market.
[Fri 02 Mar 07]

Sound and Vision - The Bristol Show
A full report from the south-west's largest hi-fi event.
[Fri 02 Mar 07]


DRM logo
DRM to go on-air in Devon as part of BBC test transmissions
BBC Radio Devon will be broadcast digitally on mediumwave to trial a new broadcast system
[Fri 16 Feb 07]

BBC and Arquiva rollout 7 more transmitters
The BBC has announced seven new transmitters for England, on-air before the end of April 2007
[Fri 16 Feb 07]


DAB plus logo
New audio standard for digital radio named as DAB+
The new audio codec enables more stations on a multiplex with the option of better audio quality
[Fri 16 Feb 07]

BBC announces extra DAB transmitters in Glasgow and Newport
The BBC has announced a transmitter for its national digital stations in South Wales and Scotland, while a further transmitter is planned for Isle of Man
[Fri 16 Feb 07]

RockTalk 106.1 on course for Manchester launch
The new Manchester-wide FM radio station will be RockTalk 106.1, it has been announced. RockTalk will be "a speech and rock music service for 35-64 year-olds, which contains a strong commitment to local news, current affairs and interactive debate for the Manchester area". The station beat off competition from 10 other applicants, including The Arrow, Original FM and Jack FM.
[Thu 08 Feb 07]

Laser Broadcasting celebrate win in Herefordshire and Monmouthshire
Sunshine 855 owners Laser Broadcasting have won the new local FM radio licence for the counties of Herefordshire and Monmouthshire. Herefordshire and Monmouthshire Classic Hits is aimed at all age groups and will play music sourced from several decades, with speech programmes and information.
[Thu 08 Feb 07]

Northeast Wales and West Cheshire gear up for DAB
The radio regulator is currently advertising the local DAB digital radio multiplex licence for Northeast Wales and West Cheshire The local radio multiplex will include capacity reserved for BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru.
[Thu 08 Feb 07]

Derbyshire to get local DAB
The radio regulator is currently advertising the local DAB digital radio multiplex licence for Derbyshire. The multiplex is likely to launch in 2008.
[Thu 18 Jan 07]

Virgin Lobster Mobile TV phone
Never mind the ads, mobile TV fails to sell
Virgin Mobile has sold less than 10,000 of its Lobster TV mobile 'phone, according to MediaGuardian. A high-profile ad campaign running on primetime TV has failed to convince consumers. The service, which uses DAB digital radio spectrum to broadcast TV to the 'phone, is supplied by BT Movio. The service carries only five channels (BBC1, ITV1, Channel 4 and E4 simulcasts, plus ITN News) and it is thought this, together with the fact that the Lobster 700 is the only 'phone currently equipped to receive broadcasts, has contributed to the poor uptake. The price of the Lobster 700 has been recently halved to GBP 99.
[Thu 18 Jan 07]

Chill DAB logo
Chill airs in Glasgow and Edinburgh
Chill, the chillout music brand found on many local DAB digital radio multiplexes in England and Wales, has launched in Edinburgh and Glasgow on DAB digital radio. The station was added to the Brighton and Hove and London III multiplexes last year. The station can be heard on the local DAB digital multiplexes serving Glasgow and Edinburgh, replacing Xfm UK. Xfm Scotland can still be heard on the central Scotland regional DAB multiplex.
[Thu 18 Jan 07]

UCB coverage map
UCB UK launches in London
UCB UK, the radio station of the United Christian Broadcasters, has launched in London. The station is airing on DAB digital radio, on the London II multiplex.
[Thu 18 Jan 07]
UBC UK