DAB Radio and multiplexing services in Coventry

The Coventry multiplex covers the city of Coventry as well as the towns of Rugby, Royal Leamington Spa, Warwick and Stratford-Upon-Avon, a population coverage of over 890,000...

Coventry Cathedral

Coventry Cathedral

Now Digital

Digital Multiplex details

Multiplex licence name: Coventry
On-air date:

31 January 2001

Multiplex licensed until: 30 January 2025
Estimate population covered1 893,637
Transmitter sites: Barwell, Daventry, Hartshill Quarry, Ilmington, Leamington Spa, Meriden, Samuel Vale (Coventry), Shilton DAB
Digital share of listening2: 43.3%
DAB digital radio in home2: 53.0%

1 Figure derived from: Ofcom indoor coverage 80% locations normal propagation, estimated households covered multiplied by 2.3 people per average UK household to derive a population figure
2 Source: Ofcom - The Communications Market: Digital Radio Report, November 2016, Annex 1

DAB radio transmitter coverage

Coventry multiplex coverage map - this map shows our prediction of coverage on an indoor portable DAB receiver for the Coventry multiplex. 

Coverage is measured by spectrum planners in several different ways. A range of factors will affect reception including the transmitter power & antenna, local geography, the sensitivity of the listener’s radio, the type of home (bungalow, basement flat, steel framed building) and even weather conditions. This complexity is reflected in coverage models and maps. One map doesn’t tell the whole story. This Ofcom document includes several maps for this multiplex and explains why different parameters have been used.

These transmitters form a network, with all services on the multiplex broadcast to the entire coverage area; for technical reasons it is not possible to broadcast to just one part of the area or from one specific transmitter.

Audio services

Now Digital currently broadcasts the following audio services:

Station Format Other details
Free Radio Contemporary Existing local station
Smooth Radio Easy listening Existing local station
BBC Coventry & Warwick Local interest Existing local station
Heart Contemporary Digital only
Capital FM Contemporary Digital only
Absolute Classic Rock Classic Rock hits Digital only
Hits Radio Contemporary Digital only
Greatest Hits Radio Contemporary Digital only

There is currently capacity available on this multiplex for at least one further mono or stereo audio service.

National BBC and commercial DAB digital radio services may also be received in the area. For further details, see more information page. Or use the Postcode Checker to see which stations should be available.

Data services

There is also an Electronic Programme Guide broadcast on this multiplex.

For further details, see more information page.