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Sound Digital is a semi national commercial digital radio multiplex in the United Kingdom, owned by Arqiva, Bauer Media Group
Bauer Media Group
and Wireless Group. The multiplex covers 73% of the population from a total of 45 transmitters.[3]

Contents

1 History 2 Stations carried

2.1 DAB 2.2 DAB+

3 References

History[edit] Following the collapse of the winning 4 Digital Group
4 Digital Group
bid for the second national ensemble in 2008, the capacity was re-advertised in 2014.[4] Two bids were received, Sound Digital and Listen2Digital, a consortium run by Orion Media and Babcock International Group. [5] On 27 March 2015, Sound Digital were selected as the winner.[6] Between award and launch, Premier Praise and Panjab Radio, a Listen2Digital station, joined the line up along with DAB+ stations Fun Kids
Fun Kids
and Magic Chilled.[7] Also, BMR and UCB Inspirational were rebranded Awesome Radio and UCB2 respectively and talkBUSINESS was replaced by Listen2Digital station Share Radio.[8] Test transmission commenced in February 2016, which consisted of Sound Waves and Sound Waves+ for DAB and DAB+ respectively.[9] An official launch took place on 29 February, with the majority of stations launching on this date and the remainder following over the next month. Of the 170+ cleared transmitters only 45 have been used and complaints have been made regarding the lack of coverage in Cornwall, parts of East Anglia, Scotland and Kent[10][11][12]. 'Awesome Radio' was shut down on August 29th 2017[13] Stations carried[edit] DAB[edit]

Service Service ID Bit rate Audio channels Description DAB launch date

Absolute Radio
Absolute Radio
80s C8D8 80 kbit/s Mono 80s music 2016-02-29 !29 February 2016

Heat Radio CFD8 Pop music, celebrity gossip and entertainment

Kisstory C4D8 Classic dance, R&B, hip-hop tunes

Mellow Magic C5D8 Relaxing and melodic music 2016-03-15 !15 March 2016

Panjab Radio CED8 56 kbit/s Mono LSF Delivering extra choice for British Sikhs and Panjabi speakers 2016-02-29 !29 February 2016

Planet Rock C7D8 80 kbit/s Mono Classic rock radio

Premier Christian Radio CCD8 64 kbit/s Mono LSF Christian music and speech

Premier Praise CDD8 Sister station to Premier Christian Radio 2016-03-27 !27 March 2016

Sunrise Radio C9D8 Asian music and speech programmes 2016-02-29 !29 February 2016

talkRADIO C0D8 Mono News and current affairs 2016-03-21 !21 March 2016

talkSPORT2 C1D8 Mono LSF Live sports and sports talk 2016-03-15 !15 March 2016

UCB2 CBD8 Christian music 2016-02-29 !29 February 2016

Virgin Radio UK C3D8 80 kbit/s Mono Rock and pop music 2016-03-30 !30 March 2016

DAB+[edit]

Service Service ID Bit rate Audio channels Description DAB+ launch date

Fun Kids CFD8 32 kbit/s Stereo HE-AAC v2 National children’s radio station 2016-02-29 !29 February 2016

Jazz FM CAD7 32 kbit/s Stereo HE-AAC v2 Jazz music 2016-02-29 !29 February 2016

Union_JACK C7FF 32 kbit/s Stereo HE-AAC v2 British rock/pop 2016-09-09 !9 September 2016

Magic Chilled CED7 32 kbit/s Stereo HE-AAC v2 Fresh laid-back hits 2016-03-28 !28 March 2016

ForcesRadio BFBS C5E0 24 kbit/s Stereo HE-AAC v2 Armed forces radio 2018-01-24 !24 January 2018

References[edit]

^ "SDL National". Ofcom. Retrieved 29 February 2016.  ^ "A Dozen Stations Launched On New DAB Multiplex". Radio Today. Retrieved 29 February 2016.  ^ a b "More digital radio stations on their way to UK listeners". Ofcom. Retrieved 29 February 2016.  ^ "Two horse race for Digital 2 DAB multiplex". a516digital. 2015-01-29. Retrieved 2016-02-29.  ^ Martin, Roy (2015-01-29). "Orion Media partners with Babcock for D2 bid". Radio Today. Retrieved 2016-02-29.  ^ Martin, Roy (2015-03-27). " Sound Digital wins national DAB multiplex". Radio Today. Retrieved 2016-02-29.  ^ Martin, Roy. " Fun Kids
Fun Kids
to go national as DAB+ radio service". Radio Today. Retrieved 1 March 2016.  ^ "Sound Digital: full station list announced". a516digital. Retrieved 1 March 2016.  ^ " Sound Digital tests: See how hi-tech your digital radio is". a516digital. Retrieved 29 February 2016.  ^ http://www.a516digital.com/2014/07/10-things-to-know-about-digital-2-dab.html ^ http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/digital-radio-listeners-in-east-anglia-miss-out-on-18-dab-stations-1-4506913 ^ http://www.a516digital.com/2016/02/the-digital-radio-divide-are-you-still.html ^ "Awesome Radio Shutdown". 

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