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                              Friday, 5th October
Round three begins in London as wave of new stations prepare to launch
London's third and final digital radio multiplex begins testing in preparation for the end of the month.

Monday, 10th December
First Overview of European Radio sector - report published
O and O has published its report for prospects in European Radio to 2006.
Vibe FM asks listeners to rate its music
A new website has been set up to test if the music's 'hot' or 'not'.

Saturday, 8th December
Former NetFM MD joins top marketing rank at 'music from the movies' station
Flix Radio will build on its successful brand and relaunch its website next year.

Sunday, 2nd December
Phoenix launches show by former Carter USM guitarist
A new rock and roll, punk and glam rock show joins the line-up at the Essex-based station.

Friday, 30th November
No learning radio @t Bristol - yet
SBN signs deal with NOWdigital, offering new areas an additional service.

Friday, 9th November
"One horse race" in Peterborough means established stations make in onto digital
The outcome of the digital multiplex award for Peterborough has been made known.

Thursday, 8th November
Pembrokeshire wakes up to ILR
Haven FM beats off competition from Real Radio to win in South-West Wales.

Friday, 2nd November
Isle of Wight bridged with the mainland as South Hants licence advertised
Southampton, Portsmouth and the Isle will tune in to local digital radio in 2003.

Five go mad in Chester, but all is quiet in South Flintshire
5 applicants for the Chester/South Flintshire licence, but North Wales is snubbed.
UKRD and Infinity Media announce de-merger
After ten years, each company will now concentrate on its own projects.

Saturday, 27th October
Radio-Now featured in new edition of The Rough Guide
Printed web directory gives the site a listing.

Thursday, 25th October
Network Y will launch in January 2002 with Five Live Sports Extra
BBC Radio 1 "Urban" will go on-air later than expected.

East Midlands regional will give listeners in the region more choice
Major players will ensure competition for new FM licence is fierce.

Thursday, 18th October
Inverness may be in for a long wait for digital radio
Score Digital plans to bring 3C Cool Country for the area before the end of 2004.

Saturday, 6th October
Swindon and Bath turn to ones and zeros at the end of 2002
As Panasonic unveil information about the DAB tuner with built-in 30Gb hard disk to record shows.
BBC London launched in the capital on 1st October
The BBC's rebranded station is part of a bigger picture for the capital across TV and online.
more on our 'air today' page...

Friday, 5th October
Exeter and Torbay, and Huddersfield and Bradford turn digi in 2002
Two more local digital licences have been awarded, and Millennium holds on in London.

Tuesday, 25th September
Better Radio Northants aiming to bring new choice to the county
96.6 FM Northants 1 and 1557 AM Northants 2 will include completely local programming.

Friday, 21st September
BBC is given go-ahead for 5 new digital radio stations
Network 'X', 'Y' and 'Z' will air nationally as part of a new digital initiative.
more...Thursday, 20th September
More stations heard over the web
Capital announces fifth net station, dedicated to chilled music.
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Sunday, 9th September
Warwickshire has no need to look into the crystal ball
Rugby FM will shape the sound of local radio in a Warwickshire town.
Score Digital beats SwitchDigital for Scottish local multiplex award
Tay AM and FM will both make it on to digital radio.

Sunday, 19th August
radio-now announces updated URL and moves to new home
Visitors can now expect a faster site right from the front page.

Satuday, 4th August
Order for future local radio licence advertisement is published
The working list includes stations for Maidstone, Worthing and Barnsley.

Friday, 3rd August
GWR Group arrests development of, makes savings through job losses
Ecast Ventures' brand is put on near-hold while the wait for a turnaround in the advertising market continues.
Scottish Radio Holdings buy up Carlisle's CFM
Scotland-based radio group takes control of Cumbrian local radio station.

Friday, 27th July
New digital radio station heard on the web
The Arrow - the rock station - has launched on several DAB multiplexes.

Tuesday, 24th July
It's a case of either..or for either North Wales or Chester
A lack of spare frequencies will mean that only one new licence will be awarded in one area.
GWR Group's Now Digital certain to secure Torbay and Exeter digi radio licence
Only extreme circumstances would prevent Now Digital from winning the DAB licence, as they are the only applicant.

Monday, 9th July
11.5 million potential listeners for ATK13, Chyra and Glisn
Capital Interactive has signed a deal with Microsoft's MSN to bring stations to its internet site.

Friday, 6th July
Now it's nearly time for digital radio in Bournemouth
The winner and stations making up the local digital multiplex for an area of the South Coast have been announced.
Scottish company Score win in Ayr
West FM and West Sound will be heard on digital radio in Ayr.
Radio West FM announced as new station serving parts of Northern Ireland
A new local station for Omagh and Enniskillen launches in 2002.

Thursday, 5th July
Yorkshire gets a new regional FM station
Guardian Media Group's Variety FM wins battle of 15 for licence.

Tuesday, 19th June
Perth and Dundee go digital in 2002
The station line ups from Score Digital and SwitchDigital have been announced.

Sunday, 17th June
Capital Legends brings artists to CD
Capitalising on the success of its radio brand, a radio group will launch a compilation album.

Friday, 15th June
Camarthenshire may wake up to Gold Coast as part of the Access Radio scheme
EXCLUSIVE! A new year-long station for South-West Wales may be a reality through the Access Radio pilot scheme.

Monday, 11th June
Corby businessman and author announces intention to bid for licence
EXCLUSIVE! The second bidder for the county-wide local radio licence serving Northamptonshire has been announced.

Thursday, 7th June
London's third DAB digital radio licence award winner announced
DRg has been awarded the latest DAB digital multiplex to serve London.

Thursday, 7th June
Connect FM has held on to its licence
Corby and Wellingborough's Connect FM will continue to broadcast for at least the next ten years.

Saturday, 2nd June
KCR FM announce presenter line-up
Knowsley's new local station announces presenters ready for mid-June launch

Reading tunes in to local station from next year
The Radio Authority is advertising a new licence for the town.

Saturday, 26th May
KCR FM promises to be a station at the 'heart of the community'
The new local station for Knowsley will announce its line-up at the end of the month.

Tuesday, 22nd May
GWR Group launches company site, providing contact information for stations
One of the UK's largest radio groups has finally launched its corporate website.

Monday, 21st May
Internet makes radio heard through three new systems
3Com, Philips and Ericsson have unveiled their cordless internet radios in Europe.

Saturday, 19th May
Knowsley gets ready for KCR 106.7
The new local station for East Liverpool has announced its on-air date.

Time up for Northants 96?
A Northamptonshire station is facing competition to hold on to its licence.

Friday, 11th May
Beeb adds more online news links
Two more BBC stations can be heard over the web, and Kiss 100 launches internet streaming.

Interest in local licence for Thamesmead
Unity and Starmela are hoping to take the licence away from Millennium FM.

Fusion plan expansion into North London
Fusion Radio have put together their bid for Haringey's local radio licence.

Essex FM and Classic Gold Breeze set to make it onto DAB digital radio
The winner of Chelmsford and Southend's multiplex has been announced.

Sunday, 6th May
Capital Interactive ties up deal with major websites
Chyra, ATK13 and Glisn internet radio brands are now featuring on 3 major websites.

Real Radio on-air in Sheffield and Tyne & Wear
Guardian Media Group's Real Radio has lauched on two more of Emap's local digital radio services.

Sony Radio Academy Awards
The complete list of winners in this year's awards has been published.

Monday, 30th April
Radio takes to the airways as major airlines finalise groundbreaking deal
Airlines are due to sign up to a system that allows travellers to access local radio in flight.

Sunday, 29th April
Real Radio launches in Liverpool on Tuesday
A new music-and-talk station will launch in the city on 1st May.

Sony Radio Awards to be announced on Monday evening
The annual Sony Radio Awards are to take place this Monday, 30th April.

Student campus station forms part of Ayr licence bid
Two rival radio groups are in the contest for the Ayr local radio licence.

talkSPORT's losses narrow as London opt-out is announced
National sport-with-talk station talkSPORT plans to broadcast commentary from 3 football clubs for the capital.

Sunday, 22nd April
Listings improved to take in new regional and local DAB digital radio services has added listings for all forthcoming digital radio stations.

Saturday, 21st April
Some areas won't be tuned in to local digital radio until 2004
The timetable for the rollout of the next wave of local digital licences has been published.

Monday, 16th April
Stourbridge radio venture requires staff
A new radio venture for Stourbridge is looking for volunteer staff.

Saturday, 14th April
Four head for middle-of-the-road in competition for Rugby licence
Local news and information features as a high priority in all four of the applications for the new local radio licence for Rugby.

Eminem prompts outburst by Midlands DJ
A presenter at Birmingham's BRMB rufused to play Eminem's Stan following an order by the programme controller.

Monday, 9th April
Hertbeat heard on the net
Stevenage and Hatfield's local station is now available over the web.

Sunday, 8th April
Aberdeen promised new stations as DAB licence is awarded
Switch Digital's range of new stations will bring more choice to Aberdeen and beyond.

Thursday, 5th April
One company interested in digital radio licence for Southend and Chelmsford
Ritz Radio will be heard in Essex if Now Digital's application is successful.

Tuesday, 27th March
koko completes its venture to bring FM radio stations to the web
Several more FM radio stations in Southern England can now be heard over the web as internet venture launches the final of its local websites.

Tuesday, 13th March
Four bidders for Northern Ireland local licence
Four companies have put forward applications to the Radio Authority for a new local radio station licence to serve Omagh and Enniskillen in Northern Ireland.

Three applicants bidding for third Greater London digital multiplex
Three radio groups have applied for the third London digital radio multiplex licence.

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