DAB Radio and multiplexing services in Leicestershire

The Leicestershire multiplex covers much of the county including the city of Leicester and surrounding areas, a population coverage of over 870,000...

Normanton Church, Leicestershire

Normanton Church, Leicestershire

Now Digital

Digital Multiplex details

Multiplex licence name: Leicestershire
On-air date:

30 November 2002

Multiplex licensed until: 29 November 2022
Estimate population covered1 874,632
Transmitter sites: Bardon Hill, Copt Oak, Houghton-on-the-Hill, Leicester Cardinal, Shepshed Nook, Waltham
Digital share of listening2: 44.3%
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

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

DAB radio transmitter coverage

Leicestershire multiplex coverage map - this map shows our prediction of coverage on an indoor portable DAB receiver for the Leicestershire 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
Capital Contemporary Existing local station
Gold Classic hits Digital only
Chill Chill-out music Digital only
Gem Pop and classic hits Existing local station
Sabras Radio Asian interest Existing local station
Heart Pop and classic hits Digital only
Sanskar Radio Young asian Digital only
BBC Radio Leicester 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.

Data services

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

For further details, see more information page.