DAB Digital Radio News.
There’s big news for digital radio this morning. Ofcom announced here that the licence for the second national commercial network, D2, has been awarded to the Sound Digital consortium, made up of Bauer, Arqiva and UTV.
This is a landmark moment for digital radio as it could potentially double the number of national commercial stations broadcast on DAB and it will also include the first broadcasts on DAB+ in the UK. The D2 national DAB network will launch within 12 months and will provide a real incentive for listeners to buy DAB digital radios for their home and in-car.
The Sound Digital station line-up is strong and features the return of Virgin Radio, the launch of 3 extensions of UTV’s talkSPORT brand (talkRADIO, talkSPORT 2 and talkBUSINESS), an extension of Bauer’s successful Magic brand, the national launch of JazzFM and Kisstory and the launch of British Muslim Radio.
So far the story’s been covered here:
· Radio Today: http://radiotoday.co.uk/2015/03/sound-digital-wins-national-dab-multiplex/
· The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/mar/27/virgin-radio-set-for-comeback-on-new-sound-digital-platform
DRUK has issued the following statement: Ford Ennals, CEO of Digital Radio UK, said "The award of the second national commercial DAB network to Sound Digital is a defining moment for digital radio and an unprecedented expansion of stations. Nearly 50% of UK households already have a digital radio, and over 60% of new car registrations have digital radio as standard, so there has never been a better time to get DAB digital radio in your home and your car."
The full D2 station line-up will be:
talkRADIO (news, current affairs and general speech)-UTV Media (GB) Limited
talkSPORT 2 (live sport and sports talk)-UTV Media (GB) Limited
talkBUSINESS (business and finance)-UTV Media (GB) Limited
Virgin Radio (rock and pop music)-UTV Media (GB) Limited
Kisstory (old skool dance tunes and anthems)-Bauer Radio Limited
Magic Mellow (relaxing and melodic music)-Bauer Radio Limited
Heat Radio (pop music, celebrity gossip and entertainment)-Bauer Radio Limited
Planet Rock (classic rock music)-Bauer Radio Limited
Absolute 80s (80s music)-Bauer Radio Limited
Sunrise Radio (Asian music and speech)-Sunrise Radio (London) Limited
British Muslim Radio (Asian music and speech, with elements of Islamic content)-Asian Sound Radio Limited
UCB Inspirational (Christian music)-United Christian Broadcasters Limited
Premier Christian Radio (Christian music and speech)-Premier Christian Media Trust
Jazz FM (non-mainstream music)-Jazz FM Investments Limited
DAB+ channel – TBC
We’ll update you with more news about the launch of these new national commercial stations on DAB digital radio when we receive it. In the meantime this is very good news for all of you motorists who want to benefit from a greater range, and quality of in car entertainment
DAB Digital Radio News
DAB Digital Radio News.