Now Digital (local DAB multiplexes)

Looking to broadcast on DAB digital radio in a particular part of the UK? We can help you reach audiences in a number of different regions.

The Now Digital multiplexes enable broadcasters to reach digital radio audiences at a regional level.

The Now Digital multiplexes enable broadcasters to reach digital radio audiences at a regional level.

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Reach regional digital audiences

Now Digital, primarily through two wholly owned subsidiaries of Arqiva - Now Digital Ltd and Now Digital (Southern) Ltd, operate 23 DAB digital radio multiplexes. These multiplexes cover a number of regions of the UK, predominantly in the Midlands and the south of England. Each multiplex is operated under a licence from the UK communications regulator, Ofcom.

The Now Digital multiplexes enable broadcasters to reach digital radio audiences at a local or regional level.

Never a better time to go digital

Radio listening on digital platforms is continuing to grow year on year and now accounts for over 45%* of listening in the UK (*RAJAR Q4 2016). That is expected to continue over the coming months and years.

Between 2015 and 2017 we have also doubled the size of the local DAB network, which has extended local coverage, bringing an estimated eight million listeners across the UK into coverage and adding over 6,700 km of roads.

There has never been a better time to go digital.

If you’re looking for national coverage, we also operate and own licenses for the UK’s two national commercial multiplexes Digital One and Sound Digital.

Providing the complete local digital radio service

We will work with you providing advice and support to ensure you get on to our Now Digital multiplexes in a seamless way.

As standard the Now Digital contract will include pick-up of the audio signal from the studio (coding and contribution), along with multiplexing and transmission, for an all-inclusive price. The price of broadcasting a service will vary depending on the licensed area, the audio quality you choose and other factors.

The first step is to complete a Station Information Form. This will allow us to prepare a confidentiality agreement. Once that’s in place, we can discuss detailed contract terms and prices.

We are keen to treat everyone who is seeking capacity on DAB digital radio fairly. As part of that, we have described some of the principles and processes we follow in this document

Permanent or short-term services available

Now Digital isn’t just for permanent stations. Many multiplexes can accommodate short-term broadcast services, such as those linked to specific events, religious festivals or trial broadcasts.

The Now Digital multiplexes

For each multiplex, there are full coverage maps available, along with transmitter locations and a list of the stations we’re already broadcasting.

Further details regarding each of the Now Digital multiplexes can be found below:

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Ayr

The Ayr multiplex broadcasts in Ayrshire transmitting across the towns of Ayr, Irvine and Kilmarnock, covering a population of over 375,000...

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Berkshire and North Hampshire

The Berkshire and North Hampshire multiplex broadcasts from sites around the areas of Basingstoke, Reading and Newbury and covers a population of over 965,000...

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Bournemouth

The Bournemouth multiplex broadcasts from sites around the Bournemouth and Poole conurbation in Dorset and covers a population of over 775,000...

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Bristol and Bath

The Bristol and Bath multiplex broadcasts from sites around the area in Somerset and covers a population of over 1.03 million...

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Cambridge

The Cambridge multiplex broadcasts across the Cambridge area and covers a population of over 485,000...

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Cornwall

The Cornwall multiplex covers the county of Cornwall, with a population coverage of over 550,000...

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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...

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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...

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Essex

The Essex multiplex covers the areas of Colchester, Chelmsford and Southend-on-Sea, a population coverage of over 1.5m...

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Exeter and Torbay

The Exeter and Torbay multiplex covers the areas in and surrounding Exeter and Torbay on the South Coast, with a population coverage of over 630,000...

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Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire

The Herts, Beds and Bucks multiplex covers three counties including the towns of Milton Keynes, Luton and Stevenage with a population coverage of over 2.29m...

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Kent

The Kent multiplex covers the county including the city of Canterbury and towns of Maidstone, Dover and Folkestone, a population coverage of over 1.6m...

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Leicestershire

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

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Norfolk

The Norfolk multiplex covers a large area of Norfolk including the city of Norwich, a population coverage of over 795,000...

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North Devon

The North Devon multiplex covers a wide area of North Devon including the towns of Barnstaple and Bideford, a population coverage of over 163,000...

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Northamptonshire

The Northamptonshire multiplex covers the towns of Northampton, Kettering and Daventry, a population coverage of over 645,000...

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Nottingham

The Nottingham multiplex covers the city of Nottingham and surrounding areas, a population coverage of over 1.2m...

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Oxfordshire

The Oxfordshire multiplex covers the city of Oxford, town of Banbury and surrounding areas, a population coverage of over 610,000...

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Peterborough

The Peterborough multiplex covers the city of Peterborough and surrounding areas, a population coverage of over 540,000...

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Plymouth

The Plymouth multiplex covers areas in and around Plymouth, a population coverage of over 405,000...

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South East Wales

The South East Wales multiplex covers the cities of Cardiff and Newport and surrounding areas, a population coverage of over 1.3m...

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South Hampshire

The South Hampshire multiplex covers the areas of Southampton, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight, a population coverage of over 1.4m...

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Sussex

The Sussex multiplex covers the areas of East and West Sussex including the city of Brighton and Hove, and towns of Chichester and Eastbourne, a population coverage of over 1.6m...

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Swindon

The Swindon multiplex covers the towns of Swindon and Cirencester, a population coverage of over 329,000...

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West Wiltshire

The West Wiltshire multiplex covers areas including Bath, Chippenham and Trowbridge, a population coverage of over 255,000...

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Wolverhampton and Shropshire

The Wolverhampton and Shropshire multiplex covers areas surrounding Wolverhampton, Telford and Shrewsbury, a population coverage of over 1.5m...

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