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Philip
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So this forum is pretty quiet but I thought it was worth making a new thread for the new DAB multiplex launching in a few months, as test transmissions have now started appearing in various places around the country, according to other sites. Sound Digital won the licence, and here's a slightly out of date website to remind you of the new stations that will be launching:

http://www.sounddigital.co.uk/

Since the licence was awarded however (and since that site was made), the idea of creating a brand new business radio station as 'talkBUSINESS' has been dropped, and the already existing Share Radio will take its place: http://radiotoday.co.uk/2015/10/share-r ... ess-on-d2/

Virgin Radio have a holding page up with a more modern logo design: http://virginradio.co.uk/

Anyone picked up a test transmission yet?
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Am I missing something or is Planet Rock already on DAB? Is it moving across for more bandwidth / stereo?

As for Mellow Magic..... meh.... another 80s lovefest station - just what we need....
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I don't think D2 know the meaning of the word stereo. They certainly don't understand giving stations enough bandwidth to sound any better than medium wave.
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I blame that on Pure for selling tons of DAB sets with only one speaker and charging separately for the other!
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The confirmed list of stations:

talkRADIO
talkSPORT2
Virgin Radio
Share Radio
Mellow Magic
Absolute 80s
Kisstory
heat radio
Planet Rock
Sunrise Radio
Awesome Radio
UCB2
Premier Christian Radio
Premier Praise!
Panjab Radio

DAB+:

Magic Chilled
Fun Kids
Jazz FM

Most of them will launch on 29th February.

http://radiotoday.co.uk/2016/02/18-radi ... multiplex/
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So hang on. What's Absolute 80s and Heat currently on? I can already see both stations in my car. Is this an attempt to find a less congested Mux to increase quality (hahahaha) or is this something else?
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Pete wrote:So hang on. What's Absolute 80s and Heat currently on? I can already see both stations in my car. Is this an attempt to find a less congested Mux to increase quality (hahahaha) or is this something else?
I think being on D2 will be less expensive than being on D1. I don't know if that has something to do with the fact that fewer people will be able to receive it.

I wouldn't hold out any hope for increased quality… pretty sure most if not all will be in mono, unless at some point in the future they start moving them over to DAB+
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talkRADIO schedule announced:
Former GLR, LBC, BBC London and Virgin Radio presenter Paul Ross will host breakfast 6-10am, Ex-LBC’er Julia Hartley-Brewer gets mid-morning 10am – 1pm, writer and former Editor of Heat magazine Sam Delaney is lined-up for drivetime 4pm till 7pm and Iain Lee gets a new late night show 10pm till 1am.

Plus, George Galloway returns to the mic Fridays 7-10pm.
http://radiotoday.co.uk/2016/02/schedul ... -revealed/

Social media:
@talkRADIO
@talkSPORT2
@VirginRadioUK
facebook.com/VirginRadioUK

And the most important of all, new chairs:

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From: https://twitter.com/jimmy_buckland/stat ... 0271165442
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Virgin Radio launches on 30th March with Edith Bowman on breakfast.

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Following on after the Breakfast Show will be Jamie East (10am – 1pm), Kate Lawler (1pm – 4pm) and Matt Richardson (4pm – 7pm), with Tim Cocker (7pm – 11pm) completing the brilliant weekday presenter line-up.
http://talksport.com/press/were-back-vi ... 0210184450
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Is Kate Lawler leaving the pre-recorded breakfast show on Kerrang then? Quite why Bauer haven't pulled the plug on that station completely I don't know.
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I guess I'm talking to myself here, but Talk Radio is now broadcasting and Virgin goes on air from Wednesday 30th, and will be launching from a Virgin Train
The official re-launch of Virgin Radio will take place from a moving train on its way to London from Manchester on March 30th.

Edith Bowman and Matt Richardson will on on board, along with a number of bands.

It’ll be a special day for the train they’ll be riding on too – it will be named as the Virgin Radio Star and be wrapped in the Virgin Radio branding at the front and back.

Richard Branson, Virgin Group Founder, said: "Virgin is steeped in music history and I’m delighted that Virgin Radio is set to hit the UK airwaves once more. While many people thought the rise of digital would be the death of radio, it has instead enhanced the experience".
http://radiotoday.co.uk/2016/03/virgin- ... ing-train/
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