DAB Radio and multiplexing services in Derbyshire

The Derbyshire multiplex covers most of the county, including the city of Derby and town of Burton-Upon-Trent, a population coverage of over 705,000...

The Derbyshire countryside

The Derbyshire countryside

Now Digital

Digital Multiplex details

Multiplex licence name: Derbyshire
On-air date:

23 July 2014

Multiplex licensed until: 22 July 2026
Estimate population covered1 708,002
Transmitter sites: Bolehill, Lichfield, Quarndon, Stanton Moor
Digital share of listening2: 41.4%
DAB digital radio in home2: 56.0%

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

This multiplex is licensed to Now Digital (East Midlands) Ltd, a consortium of Arqiva, Global Radio and Sabras Radio.

DAB radio transmitter coverage

Derbyshire multiplex coverage map - this map shows our prediction of coverage on an indoor portable DAB receiver for the Derbyshire 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
Gem 106 Pop and classic hits Existing local station
Capital Contemporary Existing local station
Heart Pop and classic hits Existing local station
Gold Classic hits Existing local station
BBC Radio Derby Local interest Existing local station
Smooth Easy listening 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.