New DAB stations launch for kids and Arabic expats

In the latest DAB multiplex variations, a new radio station for children has launched, along with a service aimed at Arabic expats and visitors.

Little Radio has appeared on the Portsmouth Small Scale Multiplex. It is promising fun, songs, stories, letters, numbers, shapes, rhymes, games and so much more according to its website, which has been created by Nation.

Meanwhile the Cambridge mux has permission for the addition of Dubai Now – an Arabic language music radio station which specialises in a modern and youthful style, targeting the UK audience of Arabic expats and visitors.

In addition, a new service using the “Pure Radio” name has permission to appear on the Central Scotland mux, providing a “music-based radio service with regular local travel news delivering high energy personality led shows with a focus on Scottish content and humour”.

In other changes:

Kingdom FM has permission to be added to Central Scotland, whilst Rocksport is scheduled to be removed.

Radio Up from Communicorp has been added to Herts, Beds and Bucks, Peterborough, Northampton, replacing Connect FM.

Gold has been removed from Humberside and Lancashire, replaced by Smooth Country.

Baikal Radio, featuring American and British pop music plus hits and news in Russian, is to be removed from London 2.

Fun Kids Junior has been added to North East Wales and West Cheshire.

Gold has replaced Smooth Radio in Peterborough, Northampton and Cambridge.

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  1. Mr Boltar says

    “the Cambridge mux has the addition of Dubai Now – an Arabic language music radio station which specialises in a modern and youthful style, targeting ”

    I’ve been to cambridge quite often and I don’t remember seeing many Arabs there to be fair even amongst the students. In fact its pretty white. Can’t quite see how this is going to work and frankly why should DAB bandwidth be wasted on stations for foreign nationals given we’re always told how limited it is?

    1. JW says

      Cambridge is a lot less “white” than the national average and how do your recognise Arabs? Look for their camels?

      1. Mr Boltar says

        Well where are all these non-whites then? Not in the town centre thats for sure. And as for arabs – arabic is easy to recognise when you hear it and people do talk in the streets so if you see someone swarthy looking who’s speaking arabic then they’re probably on balance of probabilities – arab.

        1. JW says


          1. Mr Boltar says

            Thank you. Give yourself time, maybe you’ll be able to think of a cogent reply.

  2. Radio Geordie says

    According to Ofcom yesterday, a service called Radio Up has/is about to launch on the Now platforms serving Peterbrough, Northants and Home Counties.
    Its aimed at 25-44 year olds.
    There’s also another service called Pure Radio launch/launching to Central Scotland on Switch Digital.

    1. mb23 says

      Radio Up is owned by Communicorp. It’s a music stream whose purpose seems to be securing the rollover of some FM licences after Connect’s closure. I don’t think anything exciting is going to happen with it.

  3. Michael darnbrough says

    Still crap DAB reception in north Rochdale top of the range radios work in garden but US indoors stop the con of Dab

  4. AndyBrown says

    They should abort the whole idea as Mr Boltar clearly knows far more than them about their likely audience.

    Then again there doesn’t seem to be a subject that Mr Boltar doesn’t know more about than anyone else!

  5. AndyBrown says

    If only those responsible had asked Mr Boltar’s opinions they would never have started this venture.

    Or then again maybe they did and recognised that the truth is often the very opposite of his opinion.

  6. Barry says

    Will there any more radio stations coming to dab in Norfolk soon

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