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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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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Now launched » North-East Wales & Liverpool DAB services begin
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Radio listening figures
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]
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' 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 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]
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]
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]
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]
Arnova SoundPad puts internet radio in your kitchen
Check Facebook, listen to live radio and catchup & download apps on tablet-with-speakers
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 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 has portable speaker all zipped up
Give your audio a facelift with a stylish twist on the Libratone Zipp and Live range
Perfectly portable PAL+ pleases with aplomb
Tivoli's latest range of digital and analogue radios at Bristol - see them here
Colour your life with the Yamaha lifestyle micro
Featuring both DAB and DAB+ tuner, the MCR-B142 is available in loads of colours.
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.
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.
MR1 speakers with bite
Bluetooth-enabled Ruark active speakers debut at the Bristol Show - ideal for smartphones.
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]