London-based Kiss FM UK has appeared on the national Digital One DAB multiplex, as Smooth Xmas ceased transmission for a second year.
Kiss, which is already available via a number of local digital multiplexes across the country in stereo, is transmitting in mono nationwide at 80 kbps.
Smooth Xmas, which was at the same quality, was only on-air for two months in the run-up to Christmas for the second time. Last year it morphed into Smooth 70s which is still transmitting.
Kiss FM UK is made up of Kiss 100 London, Kiss 101 in South Wales and the West, and Kiss 105-108 in the East of England. The same output is networked across all three (previously separate) FM stations after the Digital Economy Act allowed regional stations to combine if they provided a national version.
If the move is permanent, it means Kiss will appear twice on DAB sets in areas where the station is carried locally, including Birmingham, Exeter & Torbay, Cambridge, Manchester, South Yorkshire, Swindon, Tyne & Wear, Berkshire & North Hampshire, Coventry, Essex, Leeds, Peterborough, Stoke & Stafford, Cornwall, Humberside, Liverpool, Norwich, Teesside, West Yorkshire, Wolverhampton and London.
Digital One’s website says Kiss is testing at the moment, and an announcement is expected in the first quarter of 2013.