Coast and County is currently broadcasting birdsong, in preparation for their official launch next week.
We’re pleased to have added another radio station to the Surrey multiplex this morning – Encore Radio!
For the first time, Encore Radio brings popular songs from musicals and films to the UK. It launches officially on Monday 24th October at 1pm.
This morning, 7th October, we officially launched the Suffolk multiplex with local MP and digital Minister Matt Hancock at Ixworth Primary School near Bury St Edmunds.
It was a great morning, with representatives from all of the stations (Heart East Anglia, Smooth Radio, BBC Radio Suffolk, Chris Country, Suffolk First and Fun Kids) appearing at the event. We also broadcast into Heart’s breakfast show, whilst BBC Radio Suffolk broadcast the launch live.
These events are important, as the station Breakfast show reach is strong, and it acts as a good focus for local press coverage too – all designed to encourage listeners to retune their digital radio.
Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Minister of State for Digital and Culture, said:
“It’s great to see the continued rollout of DAB digital radio across the UK. Suffolk is served by a good variety of local stations, and I’m delighted that a further 425,000 listeners across Suffolk will now be able to hear these important and well-loved stations on digital radio”
Pip Whiteside, Head teacher, Ixworth CEVC Primary, said:
“We are absolutely thrilled to have hosted such an exciting occasion for the county at our school and to have welcomed our local MP and Suffolk’s local stations. The pupils have loved the big green switch and finding out more about digital radio, especially a station that’s just for them.”
Peter Cook, Editor, BBC Radio Suffolk, said:
“This is wonderful news. We’ve waited a long time for local DAB to reach Suffolk and now it’s here it means there’s one more way that listeners can tune in to our local presenters, delivering the news, sport and fun that they love.”
Adam Newstead, Managing Editor, Heart East Anglia, said:
“Heart is the nation’s most popular commercial radio station and we are looking forward to bringing listeners in Suffolk more feel-good music on DAB digital radio.”
Michael Betton, CEO, LincsFM, said:
“We are delighted to be launching Suffolk First, a brand new station for Suffolk’s listeners, bringing them a mixture of country and contemporary music as well as local information for the county.”
Chris Stevens, Founder, Chris Country Radio, said:
“I’m absoutely thrilled to add Suffolk to the growing list of places in the UK that can now enjoy Chis Country’s 24-hour mix of American and British country music on DAB digital radio.”
Matt Deegan, Creative Director, Fun Kids, said:
“Today’s news means that kids across Suffolk will be able to tune into their only dedicated radio station – Fun Kids – and what better place to switch-on the new digital transmitters in Suffolk than Ixworth Primary School.”
Gregory Watson, Managing Director, MuxCo Suffolk, said:
“I am delighted that we have been able to bring local DAB digital radio to Suffolk. We’re proud of our role in expanding local DAB coverage and enabling new radio services to serve the county.”
Ford Ennals, CEO, Digital Radio UK, said:
“Suffolk has a great variety of local digital stations so it’s great news that a further 425,000 listeners will now be able to enjoy all their favourite local stations on DAB digital radio for the first time, as well as new stations broadening choice.”
Our final local multiplex, in Suffolk, will start test transmissions on Friday 30th September 2016 before it’s official launch on the 7th October.
It will broadcast six radio stations to around 400,000 people. These will include:
- BBC Radio Suffolk
- Smooth Radio
- Chris Country
- Fun Kids
- Suffolk First (a new service from Lincs FM)
All stations will broadcast in “original flavour” DAB.
Gregory Watson, Managing Director of MuxCo says: “We’re excited to be activiating our 10th MuxCo-branded multiplex in Suffolk at the end of the month. We’re already broadcasting over 60 radio stations to millions of people across the network and we’re looking forward to bringing local DAB to another county”.
There’s more information in our Suffolk section.
It continues to be a busy month in August for the network.
This week we have updated Jack and Jack 2 on our Surrey multiplex to broadcast in the newer flavour of DAB Digital Radio – DAB+. This will mean that older radios may lose the service, or see it described as ‘Unavailable’.
To hear DAB+ services you need a modern tick-mark enabled digital radio.
On our North Wales multiplex we’re also pleased to have added Capital Cymru, the Welsh-language variant of Capital FM. With new transmitters launching in North Wales, there’s never been a better time for it to join the line up.
August is a busy month across our multiplexes. Not only are we adding services, we’ll also be adding additional transmitters to the network at the following locations:
- Holyhead South Stack Road
- Gwaenysgor (S)
- Penmaen Rhos
Later in September we’ll be adding High Hunsley to our Lincolnshire network.
These additional transmitters should re-enforce coverage for existing listeners as well as growing the areas that we broadcast to.
As with all transmission work a number of things can conspire to delay implementation (weather, technical access etc) but we’re positive that they’ll all be on in the coming weeks.
We’re pleased to be adding a selection of new services to our multiplexes in August.
Glow Radio is aimed at 15- to 35s, with presenters playing a mix of current hits and 90s dance anthems.
On our Wrexham, Chester and Liverpool multiplex there are a number of changes.
As a DAB+ service, Nation Radio and Love 80s will be available in most cars that have a digital radio, but generally only on tick-marked enabled household radios (these tend to be the newer ones).
Update: With the expansion of the Liverpool multiplex, which has broadcast Capital Liverpool, we’ve altered the version of Capital we broadcast to be the more local Capital Wrexham variant.
We’re pleased to have added two new stations to our networks today.
On Surrey & South London a radio station for the Farnborough Air Show has started broadcasting in readiness for the beginning of the Show. This station is taking advantage of our RSL offer – where short term stations can broadcast across our multiplexes.
On Friday (27th) we completed the expansion of our Surrey and South London multiplex. We’ve improved coverage by adding transmitters at Dorking and Caterham Old Park Wood. The coverage map has been updated too.
Whilst it extends coverage to some new areas, the nature of the single frequency network means that many listeners, and particularly those in-car, will get an even stronger signal.