Small Scale DAB Trials

Ofcom is currently running DAB technical trials in ten areas across the UK.  The trials bring radio listeners a range of small and local stations on DAB digital radio for the first time. Funded by Government, it is hoped that this new approach could provide an affordable route for smaller stations to broadcast on DAB digital radio.

The first trial launched in Brighton and Hove at the end of July 2015 and the remaining eight launched shortly after.  Having broadcast successfully for an initial nine month period, in February 2016 Ofcom annoucned the extension of the trials for a further two years while they work with Government to decide the next steps.

The areas to benefit from the ten licences are Portsmouth, Brighton and Hove, Aldershot, Bristol, Norfolk, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, London and Cambridge, bringing no less than 60 new DAB stations offering a wide variety of services including small local, community and student stations.

Please find below a list of stations available in each of the trial areas:

Portsmouth (Angel Radio)
Express FM, JAMM Radio, Mango Vibe, The Flash, JACK Hampshire, JACK2 Hampshire, Chris Country, Gaydio, BFBS Portsmouth, Cheesy FM, Radio Caroline, Sam FM, Starpoint Soul, The Breeze, 100% Hits, Unforgettable and Indulgence pop-up.

Aldershot (BFBS Aldershot)
BFBS Aldershot, BFBS Beats, BFBS Gurkha, Radio Woking, The Breeze, Radio Caroline and Angel Digital.

Brighton & Hove  (Brighton & Hove Radio)
Juice 107.2, Radio Reverb, Smile Sussex, Totallyradio, Resonance, 1 Brighton FM, Gaydio and University Radio Falmer.

Bristol (Celador Radio)
Hub Radio, BFBS Gurkha, Ujima Radio, BSR 103.4fm, BCFM 93.2, Somer Valley Radio, The Breeze and BFBS Beats.

Norwich (Future Digital Norfolk)
Future Radio, Norwich 99.9, CDNX, Solar Radio, Jazz FM, Totallyradio, Future Plus, Radio Caroline and Angel Digital.

Manchester (Niocast Digital)
Panjab Radio, Revolution 96.2, Manchester Business Radio, The Steve Penk Wind-Up Channel, Chris Country, Gaydio, London Greek Radio, Max, New Sunset Radio, Unity Radio, Love 80s, Cheesy FM, AsianFX Radio, Crackers Radio, NQR, Rainbow Radio and Antenna Radio.

Glasgow (Scrimshaws Information Directories)
Your Radio, Celtic Music Radio, Pulse FM, Go Radio, Gaydio, Like Radio, Radio Saltire and Radio Caroline and AsianFX Radio.

Birmingham (Switch Radio)
Switch Radio, Scratch Radio, Gaydio, Oak FM, Touch FM, London Greek Radio, Black Country Radio, Ambur, Starpoint Radio, Big City Radio, Angel Digital and Unity FM.

London (U.DAB)
Resonance, London Greek Radio, Rinse FM, NuSound Radio, Reprezent, Solar Radio, Crackers Radio, CDNX and NTS.

Cambridge (UKRD)
Star Radio, Gaydio, Chris Country, Core Radio, Cambridge 105 and Angel Digital.

To listen to these stations in the areas listed you may have to retune your radio following the instructions here

Please note: If you live in, or near, a listed area but are not receiving these services after you have retuned your radio, it is likely that you are not currently in the coverage area/transmission range.


14.01.2016 | General

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