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Retune for Sound Digital – new national multiplex

article date: Monday, February 29, 2016

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A brand new national digital radio multiplex has started broadcasting today, increasing station choice for millions of listeners across the UK.

The stations will launch progressively from 29 February and ultimately 18 new national DAB digital radio services will be added. These are:

  • talkRADIO – news, debate and current affairs

  • talkSPORT 2 – live sports and sports talk

  • Virgin Radio – rock and pop music

  • Share Radio – business and financial news

  • Mellow Magic – relaxing and melodic music

  • Magic Chilled – fresh laid-back hits

  • Absolute 80s – 80s music

  • Kisstory – ‘old skool’ dance tunes and anthems

  • Heat – pop music, celebrity gossip and entertainment

  • Planet Rock – classic rock music

  • Sunrise Radio – Asian music and speech programmes

  • Awesome Radio – Asian music and speech, with elements of Islamic content

  • UCB 2 – Christian music

  • Premier Christian Radio – Christian music and speech

  • Premier Praise – a brand new station from one of the UK’s leading Christian broadcasting groups

  • Panjab Radio – extra choice for British Sikhs and Panjabi speakers

  • Fun Kids – nation children’s radio station

  • Jazz FM – jazz, blues and soul


  • Roughly 75% of the UK population live inside the new network’s coverage area, but in order to receive new stations DAB digital radio owners will need to retune their radios. This is normally a simple process that takes only a minute to do. It varies slightly between different radio models, but look for (and Press) the Autotune, Autoscan or Scan button. This should automatically update your station list. For more retune information click here.

    To check if you can receive the new stations use our postcode checker. Please note that Jazz FM, Fun Kids and Magic Chilled all broadcast using DAB+ which not all older digital radios are able to decode.

    The Sound Digital multiplex is owned and operated by a consortium of Arqiva, Bauer and Wireless Group.

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