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Radio news archive
November 2005 to December 2006

96.3 Rock Radio prepares for launch
The new rock station for Paisley and the surrounding area, 96.3 Rock Radio is running test transmissions in preparation for its full launch. Formerly Q96 FM, the station was acquired from UTV Radio by GMG Radio, who have successfully requested a format change from the radio regulator.
[Thurs 28 Dec 06]

Herts, Beds and Bucks to get local DAB
The radio regulator is currently advertising the local DAB digital radio multiplex licence for Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. The multiplex is likely to launch in 2008.
[Thurs 28 Dec 06]

Saffron Walden and Coventry see expansion in DAB digital radio coverage
Two further DAB digital radio transmitters carrying national commercial stations have been switched on.
[Thurs 28 Dec 06]

Saga ends in a sale
GMG Radio have purchased a portfolio of easy listening stations. The Saga-branded stations in West Midlands, Glasgow and East Midlands are currently on-air, while a fourth in the North-East of England is due to launch in 2007. GMG Radio plan to rebrand the stations, aligning them with their proposed easy listening station for London - itself a rebrand of 102.2 Smooth FM
[Thurs 28 Dec 06]

theJazz running test transmissions on DAB; Core/Life reduced to mono
The new jazz radio station on DAB digital radio, theJazz is now broadcasting test transmissions. The station is boradcasting in mono, at 96Kbps. Two other music stations on the same multiplex, Core and Life, have now dropped to 80Kbps mono, in order that they can all fit on.
[Sat 16 Dec 06]

Proud to be in Preston, Leyland and Chorley
A new local FM radio licence for Preston in Lancashire has been awarded to UTV Radio-backed Proud FM. The station will occupy 106.5 and 96.3 FM and will launch in 2007.
[Sun 10 Dec 06]

Smooth FM format change agreed
The media regualtor has agreed a format change at London-based 102.2 Smooth FM. The station, which currently broadcasts "soul" music during the day and specialist jazz in the evening, has been given permission to switch to an easy-listening format for the over fifty age group, with a greater emphasis on news and speech during the day, but with a commitment to jazz programming in the evenings. At least one in five tracks during daytime will have to be over forty years old.
[Sun 10 Dec 06]

Harlow, Leeds and Reading see expansion in DAB digital radio coverage
A series of three new DAB digital radio transmitters carrying national commercial stations has been launched.
[Sun 10 Dec 06]

Second UK-wide national DAB digital radio multiplex advertised
Three potential operators are already in the picture, bidding to run the next national commercial DAB radio multiplex.
[Fri 01 Dec 06]

theJazz set for Christmas Day launch
A new national DAB digital radio station is making preparations for Christmas.
[Fri 01 Dec 06]

Looking to get into radio?
Our station listings now contain full listings for the first round of licensed, full time community radio stations in the UK. Frequency updates and launch dates can be provided via our feedback form.
[Sat 25 Nov 06]

Colchester, Mansfield, Bradford and Loughborough tune in to national commercial DAB digital radio
A set of four new DAB digital radio transmitters carrying Core, Life, talkSPORT and Virgin Radio has been turned on.
[Thurs 16 Nov 06]

DAB multiplexes
Timetable for the next round of DAB digital licence awards announced
Thirteen new multiplexes, including a second GB-wide national DAB digital radio multiplex, are up for grabs.
[Sun 5 Nov 06]

Swansea Bay Radio
Swansea Bay Radio launches
102.1 Swansea Bay Radio launched at midday on 5th November 2006. The station, playing hits from the sixties to today, can be heard on 102.1 FM in Neath, Port Talbot, Swansea and surrounding areas. You can listen to the launch here.
[Sun 5 Nov 06]

AAC Plus
WorldDMB Forum announces new DAB audio codec for improved quality at low bitrates
A new AAC audio codec is to be adopted as an option for DAB digital radio transmissions.
[Sun 5 Nov 06]

Real Radio logo
Sale of the Century - Real Radio coming to the northeast and northwest of England
100-102 Real Radio and 105.4 Real Radio are coming to the northeast and northwest of England respectively. Guardian Media Group (GMG), owners of Real Radio and Smooth FM, have purchased the regional Century stations serving Newcastle, Lancashire and Manchester. It is widely anticipated GMG will opt to relaunch the services under their Real brand. In 2001, GMG purchased Scot FM and rebranded it Real Radio. As a result of the most recent sale, the DAB-only Century stations in Cardiff and Birmingham have ceased, while London's Century Digital continues as normal.
[Sat 21 Oct 06]

Chill DAB logo
Chill coming to Kent, Nottingham and Leicester on Monday 23rd
Chill, the popular chillout music station found on some local DAB digital radio multiplexes in England and Wales, is due to launch on the separate DAB digital radio multiplexes serving Kent, Nottingham and Leicester on Monday 23rd October. The Chill service in London is due to be broadcast in stereo in London and Birmingham within the coming weeks; previously the station was only available in mono in these areas. Chill will also launch on DAB in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Sussex, too.
[Sat 21 Oct 06]

Virgin Lobster 700 TV mobile phone with DAB digital radio
Virgin Lobster 700 mobile phone with TV and DAB digital radio receiver
Virgin has launched its first mobile telephone capable of receiving DAB digital radio stations and mobile TV carried on DAB.
[Thu 12 Oct 06]

Pure Oasis owners urged to return their radio in safety recall
Pure Digital have information about an important safety recall concerning their Pure Oasis water resistant DAB digital radio, in particular the rechargeable battery and the sealed nature of the unit. No other Pure products, including ChargePAK and ChargePAK-compatible radios and receivers, are affected by this safety recall.
[Wed 4 Oct 06]

Nottingham, Basingstoke and Leicester turn on to national commercial DAB digital radio
A series of three new DAB digital radio transmitters carrying talkSPORT, Virgin Radio and Classic FM have been turned on.
[Tues 3 Oct 06]

Original 106fm logo
Original 106fm launches Sunday, 1st October
Canwest's Original 106fm is set to launch at 11am on Sunday and can be heard on and around the South Coast.
[Fri 29 Sep 06]

Star Radio in Stroud
Star Radio in Stroud closes
UKRD's Star Radio in Stroud closed down at 7pm on Friday, 29th September. The station is due to hand back its licence to the media regulator Ofcom, following a ruling that it could not share programming with sister station Star 107.5 in Cheltenham to save costs. The station is currently broadcasting a test tone and an invite to retune to 107.5 FM. The station is only the second since the millennium to hand back its licence. Channel Travel Radio handed back its licence in September 2000.
[Fri 29 Sep 06]

Digital One powers up new transmitters in Bristol
Core, Capital Life and Classic FM can all be heard on DAB digital radio in and around south Bristol. The national digital commercial multiplex can be picked up on a DAB digital radio following the switch-on today of a transmitter at Dundry East, serving south Bristol and north Somerset. The fill-in transmitter improves coverage in and around southwest Bristol.
Digital One has announced another 11 transmitters that will be switched on over the next 12 months. These transmitters will extend and improve coverage in Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, West Yorkshire, Hertfordshire, Monmouthshire, Hampshire and Essex.
[Fri 21 July 06]

National DAB jazz station to launch before end of 2006
A new jazz station playing current and classic jazz music has been announced.
[Fri 22 Sep 06]

Day One Radio to join Wolves local DAB multiplex
Gospel and praise music station Day One Radio will join the local DAB digital radio multiplex serving Wolverhapton, Shrewsbury and Telford this month, as part of The Access Channel on the multiplex. More information can be found at the Day One Radio website.
[Sun 17 Sep 06]

Chill in Wales
Relaxing chillout music station Chill is now broadcasting on the local DAB digital radio multiplex serving Cardiff and Newport.
[Sun 17 Sep 06]

Keeping the frequency clear in Oxford
Passion 107.9 has relaunched as Oxford's FM107.9 - passion for music.
[Sun 17 Sep 06]

Original 106fm testing for October launch
AOR music station Original 106fm is testing now in time for its launch at 12:00 midday on 1st October 2006. The station can be found on 106.0 and 106.6FM in the Solent region.
[Sun 17 Sep 06]

Media regulator signals Wales FM licences will be the last
A final handful of licences could define the end of commercial FM licensing in the UK.
[Sun 17 Sep 06]

Real opportunity for new FM local radio station in South Wales
A new FMer will join Real Radio, Red Dragon and Kiss 101 in South Wales.
[Sun 17 Sep 06]

Exeter FM walks away with FM award
40 years of music will form the backbone of new local FM station in the South-West.
[Sun 17 Sep 06]

Original 106fm takes Bristol licence award
AOR music station Original 106fm has won the new Bristol citywide FM radio licence.
[Sun 17 Sep 06]

Vibe FMs turn into a big Kiss
Vibe 101 based in Bristol and Vibe 105-108 prepare for a relaunch as dance music station Kiss.
[Sat 2 Sep 06]

Brunel FM launches in Swindon
Adult contemporary and pop music station Brunel FM has launched in Swindon on 107.7FM.
[Sat 2 Sep 06]

Real Radio offers different sound on DAB digital radio
Real Radio is offering a different sound on DAB digital radio - but not to listeners in Wales.
[Sat 2 Sep 06]

LBC launches on regional DAB digital radio multiplexes
LBC's entertaining conversation has fully launched on regional DAB in the North, Yorkshire, the West Midlands and South Wales & the West.
[Sat 2 Sep 06]

Pure PocketDAB 1500 DAB/FMer turns on the style
Pure's new pocket DAB radio packs digital features in for the street.
[Thu 31 Aug 06]

Oono miniDABone plays to lots of different tunes
A new handheld DAB radio recorder featuring MP3 playback is now available.
[Thu 31 Aug 06]

Nevada Sinfonie tunes in DAB, FM and MP3
Nevada's Sinfonie water resistant DAB/FM portable lets you hook up your MP3 player, too.
[Thu 31 Aug 06]

Nevada ND-210E goes for kitchen market
The Nevada ND-210E DAB/FM portable lets you take DAB out and about.
[Thu 31 Aug 06]

The Storm is over in Wolves - time to Chill out
Modern rock station The Storm has finally been pulled from the local DAB digital radio multiplex serving Wolverhampton, Shrewsbury and Telford. Chill, a station playing relaxing chillout music, has launched in its place. Xfm Scotland has been replaced on the Birmingham multiplex by Chill, broadcasting in mono. Potential listeners in central Birmingham may find the recent transmitter switched on at Metropolitan House means improved reception in the city. The Storm survives on DAB on the third Greater London DAB multiplex.
[Sat 19 Aug 06]

Vibe FM to be rebranded Kiss
Emap is to relaunch and rebrand its Vibe FM stations in the East of England and South Wales and the West in early September. This could mean that a spare slot on the Swansea local DAB multiplex becomes available at this time, as Kiss would otherwise be carried on both the local and regional DAB multiplex serving the area.
[Sun 13 Aug 06]

Pure Bug TOO gives the iconic design a second airing
Pure Digital's The Bug TOO is now available, offering a variety of recording and playback features.
[Sun 13 Aug 06]

Great American Songbook station launches on local digital radio for Bristol and Bath
OurKindOfMusic joins the local DAB multiplex serving Bristol and Bath as a replacement for The Storm rock radio.
[Sat 12 Aug 06]

BBC switches on Anglesey transmitter
BBC Five Live Sports Extra, BBC 6 Music and BBC7 can now be heard by a potential 100,000 people on south Anglesey, North Wales. The national digital multiplex can be picked up on a DAB digital radio following the switch-on earlier this month. The new transmitter is based at Llanddona. National commercial digital services are also being broadcast from the same site.
[Fri 21 July 06]

Raft of new local and regional DAB radio multiplexes promised
Jersey, North Devon, Warwickshire and Somerset are just some of the areas on a working list.
[Fri 28 July 06]

LBC joins MXR
Talk station LBC from London has joined regional digital radio multiplexes in England and Wales, replacing rolling news station DNN.
[Fri 28 July 06]

Manchester and Aberdeen to get new FM stations
The radio regulator has announced another FM licence to serve Manchester, following the previous award to new rock station Xfm. Applications must be in by 5th October 2006, with the new station likely to be on-air in early 2008.
[Fri 28 July 06]

Digital One powers up two transmitters in Wales
Virgin Radio, talkSPORT and Classic FM can all be heard on DAB digital radio in and around the Arfon area and Llanddona, near Beaumaris in Gwynedd, North Wales. The national digital commercial multiplex can be picked up on a DAB digital radio following the switch-on between 18th and 19th July 2006. The transmitter at Arfon provides coverage to more than 120,000 people along the Lleyn Peninsular, from Pwllheli to Caernarfon. The Llanddona transmitter extends reception into Anglesey. It covers most of the Southern half of the isle - around 100,000 people.
[Fri 21 July 06]

NOW Nottingham switches on Mansfield transmitter for local DAB services
NOW Digital has turned on a new local DAB transmitter serving Mansfield and surrounding areas, improving the coverage of Trent FM and Classic Gold on DAB. The transmitter was powered up on 20th July 2006.
[Fri 21 July 06]

Pure Evoke 3 and The Bug having problems with the BBC national DAB EPG
The BBC Digital Radio website is making DAB listeners aware of a software glitch with the Evoke 3 and Bug radios that is due to be resolved soon.
[Fri 21 July 06]

DAB expands into new areas
The radio regulator has outlined proposals for new local multiplexes and national DAB services.
[Thu 20 July 06]

Virgin Radio joins Freeview
Virgin Radio is now broadcasting on channel 727 on the Freeview free-to-air digital TV platform. Box owners should add the new service via the menu or perform a manual scan if necessary.
[Thu 20 July 06]

Second round of community radio
The radio regulator has received no less than 184 letters of intent from interested parties vying for the chance to run small-scale FM community radio stations in their area. Ofcom will be advertising licences from August 2006 on a region-by-region basis.
[Thu 20 July 06]

Liverpool swimming in bids
Ten applicants have submitted proposals to run a new FM radio station for Liverpool. Entries included rock station The Arrow, a talk station based on Edinburgh's Talk 107 format, and a music station aimed firmly at an adult audience - Original 106.
[Thu 20 July 06]

KCFM successful in Kingston-upon-Hull
Hull's new FM radio station in 2007 will be KCFM, it has been announced. News sport and classic hit music from the last forty years will be broadcast on 99.9FM in and around the city.
[Thu 20 July 06]

Andover 106.4FM set to launch in 2007
Andover's newest radio station, at the top end of the FM waveband, will begin broadcasting next year. Localness is promised as a large feature of the station sound, with news and info for the town.
[Thu 20 July 06]

Preston hopes for more than the ordinary
A new FM licence serving Preston, Chorley and Leyland in Lancashire is being advertised by the broadcasting regulator, Ofcom. It is expected the station will cover these areas on 96.3 and 106.5FM.
[Thu 15 June 06]

Five go to Newry
Five FM has won the local radio licence award for Newry in Northern Ireland. Music and information is promised for up to 66,000 potential listeners on 100.5FM. The station is likely to launch next year.
[Thu 15 June 06]

PrimeTime Radio's time is up
Update: The oldies and easy listening station is no longer broadcasting on Sky, DAB or NTL cable.
[Sun 11 June 06]

Panasonic is back with new DAB micro models
The Panasonic SCPM32 DAB system features an MP3 player hookup point and a multitude of CD format playback options.
[Sun 11 June 06]

Panasonic ups the power with its DAB micro system
The Panasonic SCPM33 DAB system boosts the power to forty watts.
[Sun 11 June 06]

Philips turns on the style with its sleek new DAB desktop radio
The Philips AJ5100/50 provides DAB reception in a neat, modern unit.
[Sun 11 June 06]

Panasonic hope to replicate success with the RF-D3
The successor to the Panasonic RF-D1 has arrived - and it's half the price of the original.
[Sun 11 June 06]

PrimeTime drops off national DAB mux but continues in some areas
The oldies and easy listening station can still be heard in London and Northern Ireland on DAB digital radio.
[Sat 27 May 06]

BBC announces further expansion of national DAB network in 2007
The BBC indicates up to 170 new transmitters coould be built in addition to those planned for 2006.
[Sat 27 May 06]

Pure ONE enters inexpensive end of DAB market
Pure has announced its latest Pure One DAB/FM portable available for under GBP50.00 - and it's now available
[Thu 13 Apr 06 , Sun 7 May 06]

Digihome offers DAB/FM radio for under GBP35.00
A wave of cheaper DAB radios is hitting the shelves, including a DAB/FM receiver with alarm
[Thu 27 Apr 06]

Southwest Wales turns on to Planet Rock and Virgin in stereo
A new DAB transmitter based at Presili carrying national DAB services has been powered up
[Sun 23 Apr 06]

MPIO PD100 MP3/WMA/DAB/voice/FM/line-in recorder
MPIO's PD-100 DAB pocket handheld - the most versatile personal recorder ever?
[Sat 22 Apr 06]

Visonia sets sights on providing affordable DAB radio - updated
We update the Visonia DAB radio article thanks to information received from several visitors. The Visonia is a new, inexpensive DAB radio with multiple connectivity options.
[Sat 29 Apr 06]

Creative Zen Nano Plus review
We take a look at the Zen Nano Plus MP3 player with recording facility - ideal for making recordings from DAB digital radio
[Sat 15 Apr 06]

Southend Radio successful... in Southend
Southend-on-Sea will be able to tune in to a new local FM radio station from next year
[Thu 13 Apr 06]

Saga bags northeast regional FM licence
Saga radio beats twelve other applicants to broadcast its service for the over fifties
[Thu 13 Apr 06]

Leeds United announce launch of Yorkshire Radio on DAB
A new digital radio station serving Yorkshire is due to launch in the summer
[Thu 13 Apr 06]

National commercial DAB operator switches on transmitter in Cumbria
Core, talkSPORT and Virgin Radio are now available on DAB in Penrith
[Thu 13 Apr 06]

Report from Bristol Sound and Vision 2006
We take a look at some of the receivers from the event that took place 24th-26th Feb in Bristol
[Mon 27 Feb 06]

Revo's reduced price makes in-car DAB a realistic prospect
We review the Revo in-car DAB tuner as an alternative to a full in-car replacement audio system
[Sun 05 Feb 06]

BBC plots course for DAB digital radio in Chartham
The BBC has announced a transmitter for its national digital stations in Canterbury
[Sun 05 Feb 06]

Xfm marks March debut for Manchester
The station looks toward improving local information on DAB digital radio, too.
[Sun 05 Feb 06]

Pure Chronos DAB alarm clock radio makes sure you wake up
No less than four alarms feature in Pure Digital's latest DAB alarm clock radio
[Thu 19 Jan 06]

Pure DMX50 DAB digital mini system hits the shelves
Pure's CD, DAB and FM system offers pause, rewind and recording onto SD memory cards.
[Thu 19 Jan 06]

Storm in a teacup
Digital radio station The Storm prepares to close after five years on DAB digital radio.
[Thu 19 Jan 06]

BBC extends national DAB coverage to Aberystwyth
Auntie has unveiled another DAB transmitter in ongoing efforts to improve its coverage.
[Thu 19 Jan 06]

Now Digital announces DAB digital network improvements
The local DAB multiplex operator announces a series of improvements for 2006.
[Mon 9 Jan 06]

Capital Radio is relaunched
London's original commercial radio station is given a facelift and new schedules.
[Mon 9 Jan 06]

Ofcom presses ahead with advertisement of national DAB multiplex
The radio regulator is looking to fill a national multiplex with stations within the next 24 months.
[Mon 9 Jan 06]

Morphy's neat handheld DAB/MP3 player
Morphy Richards are back with a new handheld DAB digital radio - the 29201
[Sun 18 Dec 05]

Denon's DM35 DAB mini system aims to please
Denon's high-specification DM35 is available with or without speakers and features DAB/FM tuner with RDS
[Sun 18 Dec 05]

Grundig's new 315DAB digital radio drops in
The FM-and-DAB 315 model packs stereo speakers and simple operation into the mix
[Sun 18 Dec 05]

Proline's inexpensive DAB digital radio mains/battery portable
It's still here - the Proline DAB 300 portable is one of the cheapest DAB portables available
[Sun 18 Dec 05]

Tivoli Model DAB digital radio
We take a closer look at the Tivoli Model DAB digital radio, with new images
[Sun 18 Dec 05]

Pure DTM-300 DAB digital radio micro slimline system
Pure Digital go slimline with their all-in-one lifestyle system featuring CD player, FM tuner and DAB digital radio.
[Sat 10 Dec 05]

Pure Oasis portable weatherproof DAB mains/battery radio
Take it to the beach, take it angling - Pure's back with the Pure Oasis a water resistant DAB model
[Sat 10 Dec 05]

GCap Media set to sell Gemini FM, Plymouth Sound and Champion
Sales are on the cards for nine of GCap's radio stations as it seeks to focus on key areas of the country - MFM, Buzz, Coast FM and Champion FM, Plymouth Sound, Lantern FM, Gemini FM, Orchard FM and South Hams Radio to go.
[Thu 24 Nov 05]

GCap Media axes The Storm, Beat 106
The radio company sees new push for its Xfm dance and rock music brand; Capital Life to merge with Capital Gold
[Thu 24 Nov 05]

Capital Radio borrows Nova's "no more than two ads in a row" idea
Capital Radio gives listeners a break from the commercial break
[Thu 24 Nov 05]

Stopping the rot: 95.8 Capital FM to be rebranded Capital Radio
London's hit music station is to receive a makeover early in the New Year
[Thu 24 Nov 05]

Pure Evoke 1XT mains powered DAB digital radio review
We take a look at the Pure Evoke 1-XT and its connectivity options in our latest review
[Sun 20 Nov 05]

DAB Products Guide - a quick guide to choosing a DAB radio
A quick look at DAB digital radios, handhelds and systems at both ends of the price scale
[Sun 20 Nov 05]