|Licensed area||United Kingdom|
|Frequency||11A (216.928 MHz)|
|Air date||29 February 2016|
Bauer Media Group (30%)
Wireless Group (30%)
Sound Digital is a national commercial digital radio multiplex in the United Kingdom, owned by Arqiva, Bauer Media Group and Wireless Group. The multiplex is planned to covers 73% of the population from a total of 45 transmitters.
Following the collapse of the winning 4 Digital Group bid for the second national ensemble in 2008, the capacity was re-advertised in 2014. Two bids were received, Sound Digital and Listen2Digital, a consortium run by Orion Media and Babcock International Group. On 27 March 2015, Sound Digital were selected as the winner.
Between award and launch, Premier Praise and Panjab Radio, a Listen2Digital station, joined the line up along with DAB+ stations Fun Kids and Magic Chilled. Also, BMR and UCB Inspirational were rebranded Awesome Radio and UCB2 respectively and talkBUSINESS was replaced by Listen2Digital station Share Radio.
Test transmission commenced in February 2016, which consisted of Sound Waves and Sound Waves+ for DAB and DAB+ respectively. 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.
|Service||Service ID||Bit rate||Audio channels||Description||DAB launch date|
|Absolute Radio 80s||C8D8||80 kbit/s||Mono||80s music||29 February 2016|
|Awesome Radio||CAD8||64 kbit/s||Mono LSF||British Muslim lifestyle, music and speech||29 February 2016|
|Heat Radio||CFD8||80 kbit/s||Mono||Pop music, celebrity gossip and entertainment||29 February 2016|
|Kisstory||C4D8||80 kbit/s||Mono||‘Old skool’ dance tunes and anthems||29 February 2016|
|Mellow Magic||C5D8||80 kbit/s||Mono||Relaxing and melodic music||15 March 2016|
|Panjab Radio||CED8||56 kbit/s||Mono LSF||Delivering extra choice for British Sikhs and Panjabi speakers||29 February 2016|
|Planet Rock||C7D8||80 kbit/s||Mono||Classic rock radio||29 February 2016|
|Premier Christian Radio||CCD8||64 kbit/s||Mono LSF||Christian music and speech||29 February 2016|
|Premier Praise||CDD8||64 kbit/s||Mono LSF||Sister station to Premier Christian Radio||27 March 2016|
|Share Radio||C2D8||64 kbit/s||Mono LSF||Business and finance programmes||29 February 2016|
|Sunrise Radio||C9D8||64 kbit/s||Mono LSF||Asian music and speech programmes||29 February 2016|
|talkRADIO||C0D8||64 kbit/s||Mono||News and current affairs||21 March 2016|
|talkSPORT2||C1D8||64 kbit/s||Mono LSF||Live sports and sports talk||15 March 2016|
|UCB2||CBD8||64 kbit/s||Mono LSF||Christian music||29 February 2016|
|Virgin Radio UK||C3D8||80 kbit/s||Mono||Rock and pop music||30 March 2016|
|Service||Service ID||Bit rate||Audio channels||Description||DAB+ launch date|
|Fun Kids||C5D8||32 kbit/s||Stereo HE-AAC v2||National children’s radio station||29 February 2016|
|Jazz FM||CAD7||32 kbit/s||Stereo HE-AAC v2||Jazz music||29 February 2016|
|Union JACK||C7FF||24 kbit/s||Stereo HE-AAC v2||British rock/pop||9 September 2016|
|Magic Chilled||CED7||32 kbit/s||Stereo HE-AAC v2||Sister station to Magic||28 March 2016|
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