The Info List - Digital One

Digital One is a national commercial digital radio multiplex in the United Kingdom, owned by Arqiva. As of March 2010[update], the multiplex covers more than 90% of the population[1] from a total of 137 transmitters.[2] and from 26 July 2013, Northern Ireland.


1 Stations carried 2 History 3 Former services 4 Birdsong 5 Notes 6 References

Stations carried[edit]

Service Service ID Bit rate Audio channels Description DAB launch date Analogue availability

Absolute Radio C1C0 80 kbit/s Mono Adult alternative music, carries London output during any programme splits, but with national news and advertising 1999-11-15 !15 November 1999 1215 kHz 105.8 MHz (London) 105.2 MHz (West Midlands)

Capital UK TBA 80 kbit/s Mono Contemporary Hit Radio 2016-09-12 !12 September 2016 95.0-106.0 MHz

Capital Xtra C37B 112 kbit/s Joint stereo Urban and Dance Music. Formerly branded as Choice FM; relaunched and renamed to coincide with its national DAB availability 2013-10-07 !07 October 2013 96.9 & 107.1 MHz (London)

Classic FM C2A1 128 kbit/s Joint stereo Classical music 1999-11-15 !15 November 1999 99.9–101.9 MHz

Heart Extra

80 kbit/s Mono Adult contemporary music 2016-02-29 !29 February 2016

Heart 80s[3]

1980s music 2017-03-14 !14 March 2017

Kiss UK C5C0 80 kbit/s Mono LSF A London-based station specialising in hip hop, R&B, urban and electronic dance music owned by Bauer Radio. Also broadcast on FM in London, South Wales and the Severn Estuary, and East Anglia; all frequencies including D1 now share programme content 2012-12-27 !27 December 2012 100, 101, 105-108 MHz


80 kbit/s Mono LSF New and emerging urban and electronic music. Owned by Bauer Radio as a sibling to Kiss FM UK. Was broadcast on local-level DAB prior to D1 addition. 2017-07-10 !10 July 2017[4]

LBC C0C2 64 kbit/s Mono A national talk and phone-in station owned by Global Radio and also broadcast on 97.3 MHz in London. 2014-02-11 !11 February 2014[5] 97.3 MHz (London)

Magic C0C6 80 kbit/s Mono Melodic soft adult contemporary hits. Replaces Absolute Radio
Absolute Radio
90s. 1 January 2015 105.4 FM (London)

Smooth Extra C6C0 80 kbit/s Mono LSF Melodic hits from the past five decades. 2014-12-27 !27 December 2014 —

Radio X C4CD 80 kbit/s Mono Rock music 2015-09-21 !21 September 2015 104.9 MHz (London) 97.7 MHz (Manchester)

Talksport C0C0 64 kbit/s Mono LSF Sport and talk 1999-11-15 !15 November 1999 1089, 1053 kHz

UCB UK C4CA 64kbit/s Mono LSF Christian music 2009-12-01 !1 December 2009[6][7] —

INRIX UK TPEG E1C000BA 16 kbit/s Data Hidden service — —

Traffic Master E1C000B8 8 kbit/s Data Hidden service — —

What's On E1C000B1 8 kbit/s Data Hidden service — —

History[edit] On 24 March 1998, the Radio Authority advertised for the first national ensemble to be broadcast on DAB, with the three national commercial services on FM and medium wave required to be included in the ensemble. This included Classic FM, Talk
Radio UK (now talkSPORT) and Virgin Radio (now Absolute Radio).[8] The licence was awarded to the sole applicant, GWR Group and NTL Broadcast to form Digital One.[9] The original licence application included the following stations:[10]

Digital One Ltd (original application)

Classic FM Classical music GWR (now part of Global Radio)

Classic Gold Rock Rock music NTL

Club dance Dance music TBA

Plays, books and music Comedy, drama and serials TBA

Rolling news service Rolling news ITN

Soft AC Female contemporary music TBA

Sports channel Live sports and comment Talk
Radio UK

Radio (now talkSPORT) Talk
radio Talk
Radio UK (now owned by UTV Radio)

Teen and chart hits Pop and dance music GWR

Virgin Radio (now Absolute Radio) Complementary rock music SMG plc
SMG plc
(station is now owned by Bauer Media)

Digital One was due to launch on 1 October 1999,[11] but this was postponed until 15 November 1999.[12] The "Classic Gold Rock" service eventually went on air as Planet Rock, which remains on air, having migrated from D1 to the Sound Digital multiplex in 2016; it is, however, the only one of the D1 launch stations (bar the INR simulcasts) to still be broadcasting as of 2017, and is also the longest-established DAB-first service in UK national radio, having been a digital-only service until 2013, when new owner Bauer put PR on their 105.2 FM frequency in the West Midlands (previously Kerrang! Radio); the FM berth was turned over to Absolute Radio in September 2015, leaving PR as a digital-exclusive service once again. The "plays, books and music" service went on air as Oneword. The "Teen & Chart Hits" service became Core, and the "Soft AC" service - which was ultimately provided by the then Capital Radio Group (now part of Global Radio) was launched as Life (later known as Capital Life). The "Sports Channel" proposal was dropped as a separate entity and instead combined with Talk
Radio in 2000 to form the current talkSPORT as broadcast on MW and digital. ITN's rolling news service ultimately went on air as part of the multiplex, later joined by a business news service provided by Bloomberg. "Club Dance", however, never made it to air. The space released by the absence of the Club Dance and Sports Channel services from the eventual lineup was used to allow the Oneword
service to end at midnight rather than the proposed 7pm, and also freed up a slot for a melodic easy listening music service aimed at an older audience, the Saga-operated PrimeTime Radio.[citation needed] After the closure of PrimeTime Radio in 2006, the original licence was amended to allow the launch of a new classic and contemporary jazz service, theJazz which was launched on 25 December 2006, before 31 December 2006 deadline set in the licence amendment.[13] On 11 February 2008 GCap announced that it was selling its interest in Digital One to Arqiva
and that "non-core" DAB stations Planet Rock and theJazz would be closing by the end of March 2008. Whilst theJazz ceased broadcasting at midnight on 30 April 2008, Planet Rock was sold off and remains on air. GCap also closed down their two other D1-only stations, Core and Capital Life, prior to GCap being taken over later in 2008 by Global Radio.[citation needed] Former services[edit] Services previously carried on the multiplex include:

Smooth Radio
Smooth Radio
Christmas - festive music service, ran from 1 November until 27 December 2011[14] and operated again as a pop-up in Nov/Dec of 2012, 2014 and 2015 (due to the launch of Capital XTRA there was not space for the service in 2013) Absolute Radio
Absolute Radio
80s - 1980s music service. Transferred to the Sound Digital multiplex on 29 February 2016. Absolute Radio
Absolute Radio
90s - 1990s music service. Moved onto D1 from 2010 - initially sharing a slot with Absolute Radio
Absolute Radio
Extra - having previously been provided on local DAB; returned to local-layer DAB in January 2015 so that its capacity could go towards the addition of Magic to D1. Planet Rock - Classic rock music station. Transferred to the Sound Digital multiplex on 29 February 2016. Smooth Radio
Smooth Radio
- Easy listening service relaunched in 2010 as national network; local content on local/regional FM frequencies was replaced with network output also broadcast nationally on D1. New owners reintroduced local content on local FM/DAB in March 2014 and withdrew Smooth from D1 in November 2014. NME Radio
NME Radio
(ceased on 12 July 2010[15]) Panjab Radio (temporary service, ceased on 31 May 2010) Fun Kids
Fun Kids
(temporary service, ceased on 3 October 2009) Birdsong (ceased on 1 June 2009, replaced by Amazing Radio) theJazz (ceased on 31 March 2008) Capital Life
Capital Life
(ceased on 31 March 2008) [16] Core (ceased on 11 January 2008,[16] immediately replaced by BFBS Radio) Oneword
(ceased on 11 January 2008[17] because of financial problems, replaced by Birdsong - see the section below) Primetime (ceased on 24 May 2006, replaced by theJazz on 25 December 2006) D1 Temp (ceased on 9 June 2005 - see the section below) Bloomberg (ceased on 6 December 2003, replaced by D1 Temp) ITN
(ceased on 1 July 2003) Smooth Radio
Smooth Radio
70s (ceased on 6 October 2013) TeamRock SID C0C1 (started on 1 May 2013, ceased on 1 July 2015) Premier Christian Radio
Premier Christian Radio
(started on 21 September 2009, transferred to the Sound Digital multiplex on 29 February 2016) BFBS Radio - following an initial three-month trial service (replacing Core), which ended on 31 March 2008, test transmissions for a permanent service began on 17 April 2009 and the station officially launched as a full-time service on D1 at 07:00 on 20 April 2009. The station was withdrawn from D1 on 6 March 2017; broadcasts of BFBS services on other platforms continue.

In addition to the audio services listed above a number of data services, short lived temporary audio services, and mobile video channels have been broadcast on this multiplex. Birdsong[edit] Main article: Birdsong (digital radio channel) Birdsong was a transmission consisted of a continuously looping recording of bird song.[citation needed] When the magazine-format digital radio station Oneword
ceased in January 2008, the birdsong audio once again returned to the multiplex on the Oneword
channel and the service name of the DAB channel changed to "Birdsong", until Amazing Radio launched on 1 June 2009.[18] Notes[edit]


^ "Coverage - Future transmitters". ukdigitalradio.com. Digital One. Retrieved 13 March 2010. Although already covering more than 90% of the population...  External link in work= (help) ^ "Coverage - Current transmitters". ukdigitalradio.com. Digital One. Retrieved 13 March 2010.  External link in work= (help) ^ "Global to launch Heart 80s nationally on DAB", RadioToday 2017-03-13 ^ "Kiss Fresh goes national on DAB digital radio", RadioToday, 2017-07-10 ^ " LBC
Goes National: Everything You Need To Know". LBC. 11 February 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-11.  ^ "UCB goes national on DAB digital radio" (PDF). United Christian Broadcasters. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 November 2009.  ^ "Two new tenants for Digital One". Radio Today. 1 November 2009. Archived from the original on 8 November 2009. Retrieved 1 November 2009.  ^ "RADIO AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES ADVERTISEMENT DATE FOR NATIONAL COMMERCIAL MULTIPLEX". Ofcom. Radio Authority. 5 March 1998. Retrieved 5 May 2007.  ^ "APPENDIX 3.6 - Digital audio broadcasting" (PDF). Competition Commission. Archived from the original (pdf) on 12 June 2007. Retrieved 17 April 2007.  ^ "RADIO AUTHORITY RECEIVES ONE APPLICATION FOR FIRST AND ONLY NATIONAL COMMERCIAL DIGITAL MULTIPLEX LICENCE". Ofcom. Radio Authority. Retrieved 12 May 2007.  ^ "DIGITAL ONE IS Awarded 12 YEAR DIGITAL LICENCE". PR Newswire. Retrieved 2009-11-08.  ^ Pearse, Justin (20 October 1999). "Motor Show: Digital One unveils launch line-up". ZDNet UK. Retrieved 8 November 2009.  ^ "ANNEX - PART I - Conditions relating to simulcast services and digital sound programme services". Ofcom. Archived from the original (docx) on 15 June 2007. Retrieved 12 May 2007.  ^ http://www.smoothradio.co.uk/about/smooth-radio-christmas/smooth-radio-christmas-whats-it-all-about-/a9c94 ^ ukdigitalradio: News - NME Radio
NME Radio
Stops Broadcasting on DAB Digital Radio ^ a b West, Dave (11 January 2008). "GCap closing two digital radio stations". Digital Spy. Retrieved 11 February 2008.  ^ Welsh, James (10 January 2008). " Oneword
Radio to shut down". Digital Spy. Retrieved 11 February 2008. ). ^ "Amazing - a new DAB station". Radio Today. 1 June 2009. Archived from the original on 3 June 2009. Retrieved 1 June 2009. 

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