Regional DAB turned off in West Midlands
Posted by
Regional DAB turned off in West Midlands

The MXR regional digital radio multiplex for the West Midlands is being turned off today, after 12 years on-air.

MXR West Midlands had nine transmitters covering Coventry, Stafford, Wolverhampton, Birmingham, Shropshire, Stratford, Hickley, Bromsgrove and more.

The Bromsgrove transmitter frequency block will transfer over to MuxCo Herefordshire and Worcestershire from September 2013.

Listener choice will be significantly reduced once again, following recent switch-offs in South Wales and the North East. Stations such as Real Radio XS, Choice FM, UCB (x2) and LBC 97.3  will no longer be available on terrestrial radio in the area.

The decision to remove these radio stations was made by MXR owners Global Radio and Arqiva last year when they announced they weren’t renewing the licence to operate the services, following consultation with service providers and in light of the industry’s decision to focus on the development and build out of the national and local networks of DAB transmitters.

Capital, Heart, Panjab and Smooth Radio are moving to local multiplexes to continue their DAB offerings.

There are two of the five MXR multiplexes still operating, in the North West and Yorkshire. North West will close on September 24th but there is no information available at this time on when and if Yorkshire will also close.

David Lloyd has recorded some of the messages being played on the stations before they were removed:

Hear more radio industry news like this at the top of the hour on inRadio - the radio industry's very own radio station. Listen now in a new window whilst you continue reading RadioToday or press play below.

0 13 3118 27 August, 2013 Digital Radio News 1:48 am 20138 Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Leave a Reply

Looking for something else?


Subscribe to our emails to stay informed about the latest radio news and products delivered straight to your inbox.

Related Posts

The Imaging Days - October 3, 2016 at 8:00 am (Holland)
The Imaging Days - October 4, 2016 at 8:00 am (Holland)
Radiodays Ireland - October 17, 2016 at 10:00 am (Dublin)
Radiodays Ireland - October 18, 2016 at 10:00 am (Dublin)
ARIAS - Audio and Radio Industry Awards - October 19, 2016 at 6:00 pm (First Direct Arena, Leeds)
WorldDAB General Assembly 2016 - November 9, 2016 at 10:00 am ()
Audio Production Awards - November 24, 2016 at 6:00 pm (BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, London)
Radio TechCon 2016 - November 28, 2016 at 10:00 am (The Arts Theatre, 6-7 Great Newport St, London WC2H 7JB)
More events