Three year old Absolute 60s is to be removed from more DAB multiplexes, leaving it transmitting in only one area of the UK – Inverness.
The Bauer station was removed from Ayr, Exeter, Cardiff/Newport, West Wiltshire and Coventry 18 months ago and will also disappear from Humberside, Lancashire, Leeds, Liverpool, London (3), South Yorkshire, Teesside and Tyne and Wear.
KISSTORY has taken the place of Absolute 60s in most areas, and is now scheduled to be available in Swansea, Stoke-on-Trent, Tyne and Wear, Teesside, South Yorkshire, Northern Ireland, Liverpool, Leeds, Humberside, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Perth, Lancashire and Birmingham.
Absolute 00s is also being removed from DAB in London, to be replaced by Kerrang! which is moving from another multiplex and lowering its bit-rate from 80kbps to 64kbps. 00s has however been added to Inverness.
A Bauer spokesperson told RadioToday: “Absolute Radio 60s and 00s are available online and via our free to download mobile, Smart TV and Xbox apps. As part of our recently unveiled radio strategy we are focusing on the four decades with the broadest listener appeal and our ambition is to grow our four key complementary brands; Absolute Radio, KISS, Magic and the Bauer City Network”.
In other changes, on the London 1 multiplex, Magic and Kiss have lowered their bit-rate from 128kbps to 112kbps stereo, and Absolute Radio has been added at 112kbps. Bauer explains the reason for the drop in bandwidth is a shift in algorithm. “We propose that Magic on the Greater London 1 multiplex continue as stereo audio services but with a bit-rate of 112 kbps encoded using the Coding Technologies algorithm. This coding was demonstrated by Digital One/Arqiva in 2004 and more recently by 4 Digital Group to outperform the widely used Philips Musicore algorithm for stereo at 128kbps.”