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Radio news archive
January 2013 to November 2013




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Sony CMT-SBT300WB DAB micro system
Sony pairs up Bluetooth, tap-to-connect NFC with DAB+ and FM radio
Four of the manufacturer's models receive music wirelessly, plus there's a budget micro system

[Sun 27th Oct 13]



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Listeners in Gloucestershire will need to re-tune their digital radio to pick up the new services
Gloucestershire welcomes local DAB digital radio launch
Four stations now broadcasting on DAB to Cheltenham, Tewkesbury & Gloucester

[Sun 20th Oct 13]



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Pure One DAB radio showing BBC 6 Music tuned in

BBC plans three new DAB transmitters every fortnight
BBC 6 Music, 4 Extra & Five Live Sports Extra see expansion in UK, IOM & Channel Islands

[Sun 20th Oct 13]



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North-West England says cheerio to LBC, TWR, Real XS and UBC stations on DAB
The regional DAB multiplex is closing on 24th September with the loss of LBC, Real XS and Choice FM - amongst others - on DAB digital radio. To continue to hear the stations, you must listen online, via an app on your iPhone or Android smartphone or via UK RadioPlayer.

Listeners in Liverpool, Manchester and Central Lancashire can check our listings to see which stations are now available on DAB in their area. If you want to listen via a dedicated internet radio, you can check out a range of receivers to buy online.


[Sun 22nd Sept 13]



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When does local DAB start in Pembrokeshire & Carmarthenshire?
Local radio stations take to the DAB airwaves across parts of Mid, South-West and West Wales

[Thurs 29th August 13]



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West Midlands says goodbye to Real XS, Choice FM & LBC on DAB
The regional DAB multiplex closed on 27th August, meaning LBC, Real XS and Choice FM will no longer be heard in the area on your DAB digital radio receiver. To continue to hear the stations, you must listen online, via an app on your iPhone or Android smartphone or via UK RadioPlayer. Xfm is also leaving regional DAB, but can still be heard on local DAB in and around Birmingham.

Listeners in Wolverhampton and Coventry able to pick up the Birmingham multiplex can continue to hear new rock stations Xfm and Kerrang! To check what's on in your area view our updated listings. If you want to stream these stations you can buy a wi-fi radio online.


[Sat 24th Aug 13, Tues 27th Aug 13]




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DAB for Mid and West Wales begins testing
Announcement services heard in and around Swansea
Muxco 1, 2, 3 and 4 are announcing the imminent arrival of local DAB in and around Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire, also covering Swansea Bay and surrounds. The three transmitter sites are based at Carmel, Preseli and Kilvey Hill. Radio Pembrokeshire, Radio Carmarthenshire, Nation Hits, Nation Radio, Real Radio, BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru will all join the multiplex at launch time. MuxCo 1 to 4 are short announcements broadcast during the testing period, whose aim is to inform listeners and assist engineers with transmitter tests.

[Sat 24th Aug 13]



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Digital One services in Northern Ireland
When do new DAB stations start in Northern Ireland?
Well, the answer is right now - Friday, 26th July 2013, in fact - see what you'll get here

[Thurs 25th July 13]



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North-East of England and South Wales & West say goodbye to Xfm, Choice & LBC on DAB
Bristol, Cardiff, Newport & Swansea dropped by Xfm
The regional DAB multiplex is closing on 29th July, meaning LBC and Xfm will no longer be heard on your DAB digital radio receiver. To continue to hear the stations, you must listen online, via an app on your iPhone or Android smartphone or via RadioPlayer. Choice FM is also leaving regional DAB and won't be heard on local DAB in and around the area, either. There isn't enough room for the stations to be included on local multiplexes serving the area.

Newcastle, Sunderland and Durham say cheerio to LBC and Choice
In the North-East of England, LBC and Choice FM are also leaving DAB, as the North-East regional multiplex is closing on 29th July. There isn't enough room to fit them on local digital multiplexes serving the area and - without an FM frequency to boost advertising opportunities - there's little financial reason for the station's owner to continue to broadcast on the platform.

What now?
Never fear, local and national DAB multiplexes are unaffected, so there's no need to bin your radio! You can also see below for some information on forthcoming local digital radio rollout in South and West Wales.

Listeners in South Wales might choose Nation Radio (on 106.8 and 107.3FM, too) as a rock option to Xfm on DAB, but there are few alternative talk stations to LBC that can be heard on DAB. It's back to talkSPORT or BBC Radio Five Live, or you could choose something to listen to online.

[Weds 24th July 13]



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DAB multiplex launch dates
Muxco indicates Surrey launch in December
The local digital radio multiplex serving the county of Surrey has been pencilled in for a December 2013 launch. BBC Surrey, community station Redstone FM, Eagle Radio and mediumwave service Eagle Extra are all due to make up the bundle of stations available from launch. Contracts have been signed, so it's now a dead cert that the multiplex will launch.

Gaydio goes on Wrexham, Chester and Liverpool bundle for six weeks
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender station Gaydio will be launching on 26th July across vast swathes of Wrexham, Cheshire and Merseyside to coincide with the Liverpool Pride festival; the stations will be available in the area for six weeks. If you need to re-tune, we have timely information.

Herefordshire and Worcestershire on course for mid-Sept launch
Transmitters are being set up, electrical installation is under way from the middle of August and commissioning has been scheduled for 26th August. The Bromsgrove transmitter - borrowed from the closing regional multiplex and re-used to carry Hereford & Worcs stations - will be operational from 2nd September - a few days following the closure of the West Midlands' bundle. The West Midlands multiplex is closing to improve coverage of local DAB. In addition to the one at Bromsgrove, Ridge Hill and Malvern transmitters will be up an running by mid-September.

Gloucestershire local DAB stations are imminent
With equipment installed, but a few delays caused by electrical ducts, Gloucestershire local digi services are due to begin at the end of July 2013, with a full launch by the middle of August. BBC Radio Gloucestershire, pop hits brand Free Radio and modern rock station Nation Radio have all signed up for the launch. If you want to do a re-scan on your DAB receiver to see if anything pops up sooner, we've useful information.

Mid Wales and West Wales digi stations on hold over duct problems
The Mid and West Wales bundle of DAB stations is almost ready to roll, but for some issues with electrical ducts at the transmitter site. No firm launch date has been given for BBC Radio Cymru, BBC Radio Wales, Radio Carmarthenshire, Radio Pembrokeshire, Nation Radio, Nation Hits and Real Radio to launch, but is likely to be in September 2013.

[Thurs 18th July 13]



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DAB multiplex changes roundup in Scotland
Fools? Gold gone from Central Scotland; LBC dropped from Edinburgh.
London-based talk station LBC and oldies/classic hits brand Gold have gone from Central Scotland. The stations, on the DAB platform, are no longer being carried on regional or local multiplexes serving Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Contemporary and classic hits in the heart of Edinburgh.
Meanwhile, staying in Central Scotland, Heart and Capital FM have joined Edinburgh's local DAB multiplex, mimicking a similar move last month on the Glasgow multiplex. They have moved from the Central Scotland multiplex.

Sports radio station prepares for July launch.
Eklipse Radio gets ready for 22nd July launch in Central Scotland. The station, lining up sports news and chat with popular classic and current rock tracks, will be heard on DAB digital radio across the region.

Central FM launches across the region.
Stirling and Falkirks's Central FM has quietly launched on the Central Scotland multiplex.

[Mon 8th July 13]



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Yorkshire gets local DAB power boost
A brand DAB digital radio transmitter at Emley Moor has been powered up, meaning that listeners with a DAB-enabled set can hear BBC Radio Leeds, Radio Aire, Absolute Classic Rock, Absolute Radio 60s, The Hits, Magic, Kerrang! and Heat across a wider area: Leeds local DAB coverage is up from 53 percent to 96 percent.

Earlier in 2013 there was a boost to the South Yorkshire DAB multiplex, increasing DAB coverage to an extra 350,000 people. This now means that 83 percent of South Yorkshire and Sheffield homes can now receive Absolute Classic Rock, Absolute Radio 60s, BBC Radio Sheffield, Gold, Hallam FM, Heat Radio, The Hits Radio, Kerrang!, Kiss, Magic and Trax FM.

[Fri 28th June 13]



Pure Evoke D2 news and features
Pure Evoke D2 wraps DAB and FM up in real walnut
New compact radio sports ported enclosure and 4 direct-access memory presets

[Thurs 27th June 13]



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Cardiff and Newport digi stations move into Heads of S.Wales valleys
Plan will see Aberdare, Abergavenny and Ebbw Vale receive capital's DAB radio stations

[Thurs 27th June 13]



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Eklipse Radio's sport and rock for Central Scotland
Judging by the job advert on the Eklipse radio website, the new station for Central Scotland will be more than just a rock jukebox, instead combining sports news and chat with popular classic and current rock tracks. The station's Facebook page is up and running, linking through to their brand new website. Eklipse, which will be heard online and on DAB digital radio in the Central Scotland region, is due to launch around the middle of July - not long to wait! With the beginning of the SPL 2013/14 season fast approaching and Scotland's passionate supporters, there should be plenty to talk about, with phone-in shows in the pipeline alongside an exciting music mix.

[Tues 25th June 13]



Planet Rock 105.2fm in West Midlands

Planet Rock 105.2FM in West Midlands
Sadly, Kerrang! Radio is no longer broadcasting on 105.2 FM in Birmingham and the Black Country, but you can still find a digital version of the station online, on DAB digital radio and Freeview digital TV. There's a new schedule from Monday, 17th June, with the station's website also answering a few questions regarding the transition from FM to online.

Classic rock enthusiasts can tune in to Planet Rock on 105.2 FM in West Midlands instead. The station already broadcasts nationally across the UK on DAB digital radio.

[Sat 15th June 13]



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old skool, dance anthems » Kisstory on 714 & online
Kiss Fresh and Kisstory take to Freeview and online
Kiss Fresh, a brand new digi station playing nonstop new beats including hip-hop, R&B, EDM, House and garage, is launching via the new Kiss Player accessible from your web broswer on desktop PCs and Macs, and via mobile web on smartphones and tablets, and through the forthcoming new KissKube iOS app - and via our listen live pages. The station will also broadcast hour-long mixes from a range of new DJs and specials from artists such as Daft Punk.

Kisstory makes its transition from an hour-long blast from the past on Kiss to a fully-fledged station on Freeview TV (channel 714) and online. The station plays nonstop old skool and dance anthems. Both stations are available online, accessible also via our listen live pages.

[Weds 8th May 13]



Pure Evoke F4 news item
Pure Evoke F4 brings internet streaming and Bluetooth in one formula
Pure's latest addition offers music and radio streaming with A2DP connectivity

[Mon 3rd June 13]



Information about Absolute Radio 60s and Classic Rock stations

Off DAB in some areas » Absolute Radio 60s and Classic Rock

Sixties and Classic Rock stations dropped from DAB in parts of England and Scotland
Absolute Radio 60s has been removed from DAB in some areas, alongside Absolute Radio Classic Rock. In Ayr, Exeter & Torbay, Cardiff & Newport and Bath, Swindon and West Wiltshire and Coventry & Warwickshire you'll have to listen online if you want to continue to hear your favourite sixtes and classick rock tracks courtesy of Absolute.

[Weds 24th Apr 13]



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Now launched » North-East Wales & Liverpool DAB services begin


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Now fully live: DAB in Wrexham, W Chester, Liverpool & NE Wales
The switch-on of a new bundle of stations on digital radio serving the area means that 2.2 million people in North East Wales, Wrexham, West Cheshire and Liverpool can now tune in to BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru, Real Radio Wales, Nation Radio, Juice FM and Dee on DAB on digi radio for the first time. Please see our Wales listings for more information and links to services.

[Fri 19th Apr 13]

SportsDAB 3 close-up of screen
Roberts SportsDAB 3 works even when you forget to pack headphones
With telescopic aerial & lithium battery, the SportsDAB 3 keeps you tuned in to the cricket

[Sun 14th Apr 13]

Roberts Splash! DAB and FM battery operated radio
Roberts' latest water resistant radio splashes down in the UK
Battery-operated Splash! design avoids you running for cover when the heavens open

[Sun 14th Apr 13]

Roberts SportsDAB 4
Roberts SportsDAB 4 goes all metallic
Red finish '4 packs rechargeable battery in a super-lightweight DAB, DAB+ and FM radio

[Sun 14th Apr 13]

Planet Rock & Absolute 80s to drop to mono on D1 to fit TeamRock
Planet Rock and all-eighties station Absolute 80s will be heard in mono on DAB digital radio from May - dropping from stereo output - when new rock station TeamRock begins broadcasting, itself in mono. TeamRock will broadcast music and documentaries spanning a wide range of rock genres and will be heard nationally on DAB digital radio in England, Scotland and Wales.

[Weds 10th Apr 13]

Digital One services in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland to see increase in digi stations
A host of new stations is set to launch across the nation following Ofcom approval

[Tues 9th Apr 13]

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Northampton DAB digital radio stations now on-air
Seven radio stations launched across the county on local digital radio
earlier Herts, Beds & Bucks local multiplex switched on


[Fri 29th Mar 13]

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Modern rock music station Nation Radio launches on DAB in NE Wales
Following testing, five stations have launched including a new rock station for the area

[Fri 29th Mar 13]

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Arnova SoundPad puts internet radio in your kitchen
Check Facebook, listen to live radio and catchup & download apps on tablet-with-speakers

Sound and Vision - The Bristol Show 2013

The Bristol Show 2013 was the place to see 4K hi-res tellies, Bluetooth, Airplay and wireless speakers. Wireless audio seemed to be the popular buzzword at the show. Internet tablets such as the Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle and smartphones have access to radio and music streaming apps, such as Radioplayer and tunein, which make them convenient for getting your music or sports commentary fix. Ditching the tinny built-in speaker or headphones for a wireless connection to a set of decent speakers makes listening to streaming radio and music a much more satisfying experience.

Over the coming days and weeks, we'll share some of the products we've seen at the Bristol Show this year.

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Pioneer active speaker
Pioneer takes to the airwaves with streaming music and radio speaker
Music, podcasts and broadcasts can now be heard in your bathroom thanks to the Pioneer

Libratone Zipp with range of interchangeable covers
Libratone has portable speaker all zipped up
Give your audio a facelift with a stylish twist on the Libratone Zipp and Live range

Tivoli PAL+ display in Union Jack colours
Perfectly portable PAL+ pleases with aplomb
Tivoli's latest range of digital and analogue radios at Bristol - see them here

Yamaha MCR-B142 micro system with Bluetooth
Colour your life with the Yamaha lifestyle micro
Featuring both DAB and DAB+ tuner, the MCR-B142 is available in loads of colours.

Ruark R1 deluxe DAB FM radio
Blue without you? Ruark R1 Limited Edition DAB and FMer is back
Sporting a pastel blue finish, the award-winning radio returns in a new colour.

A view of the X10 on a stand
Shaking up internet radio and CD mixes - Cocktail X10 in white
Cocktail Audio's music system stores CDs, streams stations and lets you archive audio.

Ruark MR1 Active Speaker arrangement
MR1 speakers with bite
Bluetooth-enabled Ruark active speakers debut at the Bristol Show - ideal for smartphones.

BBC Three Counties Radio launches on DAB on 14th Feb 2013
DAB radio goes live across the three counties
A new multiplex and three new transmitters carrying six services to Herts, Beds & Bucks
earlier Herts, Beds & Bucks digital radio launches on Thurs, 14th Feb 2013


[Thurs 14th Feb 13]