Sound Digital multiplex

The second national commercial DAB multiplex, Sound Digital launched in the UK in March 2016.

The launch of Sound Digital saw a significant increase in choice of content for consumers.

The launch of Sound Digital saw a significant increase in choice of content for consumers.

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National coverage

Working in collaboration with Bauer and Wireless we built and launched the new network for Sound Digital. We continue to operate the multiplex, distribution network and service provider installations.

The Sound Digital transmission network was engineered to cover 77% of UK households from launch, achieving an optimum combination of national coverage and cost-effectiveness for digital radio stations.

Giving consumers more choice

The launch of Sound Digital saw a significant increase in choice of content for consumers. The multiplex offers a strong variety of content from a range of broadcasters.

The following services currently broadcast on the Sound Digital multiplex:

• talkRADIO - Wireless - News and current affairs
• talkSPORT 2 - Wireless - Live sports and sports talk
• Virgin Radio  Wireless - Rock and pop music
• Mellow Magic - Bauer Media - Relaxing and melodic music
• Magic Chilled (DAB+) - Bauer Media - Fresh, laid back hits
• Absolute 80s - Bauer Media - 80s music
• Kisstory - Bauer Media - ‘Old skool’ dance tunes and anthems
• Heat - Bauer Media - Pop music, celebrity gossip and entertainment
• Planet Rock - Bauer Media - Classic rock music
• Sunrise Radio - Sunrise Radio - Asian music and speech programmes
• UCB 2 - United Christian Broadcasters - Christian music
• Premier Christian Radio - Premier Media Group - Christian music and speech
• Premier Praise - Premier Media Group - Popular Christian music and spiritual content
• Panjab Radio - Panjab Radio - Delivering extra choice for British Sikhs and Panjabi speakers
• Fun Kids (DAB+) - Folder Media - National children’s radio station
• Forces Radio BFBS (DAB+) - Forces Network - entertainment for British Forces community
• Jazz FM (DAB+) - Jazz FM - Jazz, blues and soul
• Jack Radio (DAB+) – Jack FM – All female music
• Union Jack (DAB+) – Jack FM – British music

DAB+ technology

The Sound Digital multiplex is also the first in the UK to use the newer DAB+ technology for some of the services. DAB+ uses less bandwidth than traditional DAB, allowing Sound Digital to carry more stations, expanding listener choice.

Broadcast on Sound Digital

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. To express a formal interest in running a DAB or DAB+ channel on Sound Digital, email nationaldigitalradio@arqiva.com

Sound Digital expansion 2018

The Sound Digital network is currently being expanded into a number of areas. Details of the expansion are available on the following press release and the table below shows the current status of the 19 new transmitter sites. This table will be updated as sites are made live.

Site Name

Area of UK

Added Population

STOKE HOLY CROSS MD

Norfolk

287,500

Now live

HASTINGS

E Sussex

220,800

Now live

PUTTOCKS HILL (E)

Suffolk/Bury

172,500

Now live

CARADON HILL SC

Cornwall / W Devon

303,600

Now live

REDMOSS MF

Aberdeen

207,000

Now live

ST THOMAS (EXETER)

Devon

165,600

Now live

EGLWYSILAN RHONDDA CYNON TAFF

S Wales

172,500

Now live

PLYMPTON

Plymouth

220,800

Now live

REDRUTH

W Cornwall

248,400

Now live

COLCHESTER DEPOT (E)

Essex

165,600

Now live

BEACON HILL (NORTH)

Torbay/Devon

211,600

Now live

THE WREKIN

Shropshire

200,100

Now live

NAISH HILL MF

Swindon

151,800

Now live

DAVENTRY

Northamptonshire

253,000

Now live

RIDGE HILL

Herefordshire

188,600

Now live

MENDLESHAM SC

Suffolk

280,600

Now live

BLUEBELL HILL

Kent

142,600

Now live

WYE (ASHFORD)

E Kent

105,800

Now live

BINCOMBE HILL

Dorset/Dorchester

105,800

Now live

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