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BBC
BBC
National DAB is a digital audio broadcasting multiplex in the UK, for a number of radio stations which have UK wide coverage. The multiplex is owned and operated by the BBC
BBC
and is transmitted from a number of transmitter sites across the country; it only carries BBC radio stations.

Contents

1 Stations carried

1.1 Full time services 1.2 Part time services 1.3 "Pop-up" services 1.4 Station closures

2 Future 3 References

Stations carried[edit] The following channels are receivable on any digital-equipped DAB radio in the BBC
BBC
National DAB coverage area: Full time services[edit]

Service Service ID Bit rate Audio channels Description Analogue availability

BBC
BBC
Radio 1 C221 128 kbit/s Joint stereo Youth-orientated popular music and speech 97.1, 97.7 - 99.8 MHz

BBC
BBC
Radio 2 C222 128 kbit/s Joint stereo Adult-oriented pop music 88.0 - 90.2 MHz

BBC
BBC
Radio 3 C223 160-192 kbit/s Joint stereo Classical Music 90.3 - 92.4 MHz

BBC
BBC
Radio 4 (FM) C224 80-128 kbit/s Mono / joint stereo News & Speech 92.5 - 94.6 MHz 103.6 - 104.9 MHz

BBC
BBC
Radio 5 Live C225 64-80 kbit/s Mono Live news and sport 909, 693, 990 kHz and selected BBC
BBC
Regional Stations at night

BBC
BBC
Radio 6 Music C22B 128 kbit/s Joint stereo Classic rock, alternative rock, funk, indie, jazz, hip-hop —

BBC
BBC
Radio 4 Extra C22C 80 kbit/s Mono Comedy, drama and children's programming —

BBC
BBC
Radio 1Xtra C22A 128 kbit/s Joint stereo New black / urban music —

BBC
BBC
Asian Network C236 64 kbit/s Mono South Asian orientated Various MW

BBC
BBC
World Service C238 64 kbit/s Mono English language version of the BBC
BBC
World Service On Radio 4 frequencies (01:00-05:20 only)

BBC
BBC
Guide E1C79E5E 16-32 kbit/s Data Hidden service, EPG data —

Part time services[edit] The BBC
BBC
National DAB multiplex makes extensive use of dynamic ensemble reconfiguration to allow a number of part-time services to broadcast. While these additional services are on air the bit rates of (one or more of) BBC
BBC
Radio 3, BBC
BBC
Radio 4, BBC
BBC
Radio 5 Live, and data services are reduced.

Station Name Description

5 Live Sports Extra Live sport - used to broadcast either Test Match Special
Test Match Special
or a second sporting event when BBC
BBC
Radio 5 live is also broadcasting live sport.

Yesterday In Parliament Radio 4 LW opt-out simulcast; Weekdays 08:30-09:00; Saturdays 08:45-09:00.

Daily Service Christian Music and Worship, Radio 4 LW opt-out simulcast; Weekdays 09:45-10:00

"Pop-up" services[edit] In recent years, the BBC
BBC
has begun experimenting with short-term "Pop-up" digital radio stations, each broadcasting for approximately 4 days at a time, covering music festivals and other special events. The first to broadcast was BBC
BBC
Radio 5 Live Olympics Extra in 2012, then BBC
BBC
Radio 2 Eurovision launched for the first time in 2014, and was joined by BBC
BBC
Radio 2 Country, BBC
BBC
Music Jazz in 2015 and BBC
BBC
Radio 2 50s in April 2016. When these temporary stations are on air, there is normally a reduction in bit rate of their parent station (Radio 1, Radio 2 or Radio 3).

Station Name Description

BBC
BBC
5 Live Olympics Extra Available during 2012 Summer Olympics
2012 Summer Olympics
with coverage consisting of sports commentaries.

BBC
BBC
Radio 2 Eurovision Launched in May 2014 to extend the BBC's coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest. Returned in 2015 to provide coverage of the 2015 contest.

BBC
BBC
Radio 2 Country Launched in March 2015 to provide coverage of London's C2C: Country to Country Country music festival. Returned in 2016 to cover the 2016 festival and again in 2017.

BBC
BBC
Music Jazz Launched in November 2015 as a joint venture between BBC
BBC
Radio 3 and Jazz FM, with programming celebrating Jazz music in all its varied forms.

BBC
BBC
Radio 2 50s Launched in April 2016 as a celebration of the music and entertainment of the 1950s.

BBC
BBC
Radio 1 Vintage Available in September 2017 as a celebration of BBC
BBC
Radio 1's 50th anniversary.

Station closures[edit] BBC
BBC
Asian Network was due to be axed in around 2011 after plans to close down the station were published. The BBC
BBC
also planned to close 6 Music.[2] Since then both stations have been saved from closure - 6 Music was retained after listening figures increased and a campaign was set up on Facebook
Facebook
which had 180,000 supporters.[3] Future[edit] The BBC
BBC
had initially planned to increase their coverage of their DAB multiplex to at least 92% of the population by adding 61 new transmitters to their existing coverage. With the publication of the Delivering Quality First paper, it was proposed that DAB coverage would be increased to 97% under the BBC
BBC
DAB Phase 4 programme (the existing 227 transmitters having been delivered through phase 1, 2 and 3 between the late 1990s and 2013). Around 162 new transmitters were planned to be brought into service over a two-year period. The first of these new transmitters, Basingstoke, went into service on 6 December 2013.[4] References[edit]

^ "TV: September Through the Years". Unreality Primetime. Retrieved 2008-10-09.  ^ " BBC
BBC
6 Music and Asian Network face axe in shake up". BBC
BBC
News. Retrieved 2 March 2010.  ^ " BBC
BBC
Trust rejects 6 Music closure plan". BBC
BBC
News. Archived from the original on 21 July 2010. Retrieved 5 July 2010.  ^ "Three new BBC
BBC
National DAB transmitters on air, 159 to go". www.a516digital.com. Retrieved 4 September 2016. 

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