DIGITAL RADIO

Digital Radio is new way of transmitting radio signals. Using digital technology, more signals can be broadcast in the same space, therefore more services are available to listeners.

Each group of services is known as a mulitplex. In Britain, there are 2 national multiplexes, one for the BBC and one for commercial radio. There are also multiplexes in several local areas, and Leicester's is now on air, having launched in December 2002

BBC MULTIPLEX

This is broadcast on frequency block 12B and transmits the following services.

BBC Radio One

BBC Radio Two

BBC Radio Three

BBC Radio Four

BBC Radio Five Live

BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

BBC 6 Music

BBC 1 Xtra

BBC 7

BBC Asian Network

BBC World Service

DIGITAL ONE MULTIPLEX

This transmits on frequency block 11D in England and Wales and 12A in Scotland, and transmits the following services.

Classic FM

Absolute Radio

Talk Sport

Core - Fresh Hits for the UK

Planet Rock - The Rock Specialists

Oneword - Books, plays, comedy

Life - Digital Radio

Primetime Radio - from the Saga group

Bloomberg Talk Money

LOCAL MULTIPLEXES

I can receive the following multiplexes.

BIRMINGHAM MULTIPLEX

This transmits on frequency block 11C and transmits the following services

BRMB - Birmingham's No 1 Hit Music Station

1152 Capital Gold - Where great music lives

XFM - Alternative music

BBC Radio WM - Local radio for the West Midlands

Century Radio - No 1 for 80's, 90's and now

Radio XL - Asian music for Birmingham

Magic - Smooth, easy favourites

KISS - Dance music

Sunrise - Asian station

Beat 106 - New music for Birmingham

COVENTRY MULTIPLEX

This broadcasts on frequency block 12D and transmits the following services

Mercia FM - Today's Best Mix for Coventry and Warwickshire

Classic Gold 1359 - Good times, great music

The Storm - Real Rock Radio

YAR - A new service for young Asians in Coventry and Warwickshire

KISS - Dance music

Kix 96 - Coventry's No 1 Hit Music Station

Sunrise Radio - Asian station

Access Channel - Programmes for the whole community, including shows from SBN

BBC Radio WM for Coventry and Warwickshire - Local radio from the BBC for Coventry and Warwickshire

WEST MIDLANDS MULTIPLEX

This broadcasts on frequency block 12A and transmits the following services

100.7 Heart FM - More Music Variety

Galaxy 102.2 - The New Mix for the West Midlands

Smooth - Relaxing music from the Guardian Media Group

Digital News Network - Rolling news for the West Midlands

Capital Disney - Music for the 21st Century

Jazz FM - Non stop jazz, soul and funk

The Arrow - Rock music for the West Midlands

Saga Radio - Your Life, Your Music

Kerrang 105.2 - Life Is Loud!

LEICESTER MULTIPLEX

This broadcasts on frequency block 11B and transmits the following services

BBC Radio Leicester - BBC local radio for Leicestershire

Leicester Sound - Today's Best Mix for Leicestershire

Sabras Radio - Asian station for Leicestershire

Heart 106 - More Music Variety for the East Midlands

Galaxy Digital - Dance & R 'n' B for Leicestershire

Capital Disney - Music for the 21st Century

Asian Plus - Service for young Asians from Sabras Radio

Gold Leicester - It's All About The Music (Exclusive to DAB in Leicester, we don't have it on AM!)

NOTTINGHAM MULTIPLEX - LAUNCHED APRIL 30th 2004

This broadcasts on frequency block 12C and transmits the following services

BBC Radio Nottingham - BBC local radio for Nottinghamshire

96 Trent FM - Today's Best Mix for Nottingham

Sabras Radio - Asian station

106 Century FM - 80's, 90's and NOW!

Galaxy Digital - Dance & R 'n' B for Nottingham

Capital Disney - Music for the 21st Century

Classic Gold GEM - Good Times, Great Music for Nottinghamshire

The Storm - Real Rock Radio

For more information on Digital Radio please visit the following websites

UK Digital Radio

OFCOM

Now Digital - operators of Coventry and Leicester multiplexes

MXR Digital - operators of West Midlands multiplex

BBC Digital Radio

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