Radio Yorkshire to lose DAB coverage in Leeds
Leeds-based Radio Yorkshire will not be available on DAB in Leeds, South Yorkshire or Humberside from next week.
The station is carried on the MXR Yorkshire multiplex, which closes on June 29th, and will only relocate to the Bradford & Huddersfield and North Yorkshire multiplexes.
It means listeners to the station on DAB in major population centres such as Leeds, Sheffield and Hull won’t be able to pick up the station via terrestrial broadcasts.
Director of Broadcasting at Radio Yorkshire, Sam Brydges, told RadioToday: “We encourage listeners who are not covered by the new multiplex areas to stick with us online, we will certainly be looking to keep growing that area of the business”.
Sam remains optimistic about the future of the station on DAB. He added: ““Radio Yorkshire will also watch the local DAB trial with great interest and if successful hope more licences will be awarded. Areas of Yorkshire are in desperate need of more accessible coverage with the MXR regional multiplex shutting down.”
In other changes caused by the closure of MXR Yorkshire, Heart and Capital are joining the Leeds, South Yorkshire, North Yorkshire and Bradford/Huddersfield multiplexes.
Capital, Smooth and Gold are also joining the Humberside mux, whilst Smooth will also be on in Leeds and South Yorkshire. UCB Gospel, UCB Inspirational and XFM will disappear.
Most services will continue to be delivered in stereo, with the exception of Heart on Bradford and Huddersfield which will be in mono at 80kbps.