Wireless stations talkRADIO and talkSPORT2 are moving from DAB to DAB+.
The move is expected to free up capacity for the new News UK service Times Radio on the Sound Digital National multiplex.
talkRADIO currently has two channels – its original and a new DAB+ channel titled talkRADIO + to give listeners a chance to switch over.
talkSPORT2 however has made the full move already telling listeners to retune straight away. Only those listeners with DAB+ capable receivers will be able to pick up the stations going forwards.
Wireless says DAB+ will allow the stations to use stereo, although the original DAB service is also capable of stereo transmission.
Wireless Director of Strategy Jimmy Buckland told RadioToday: “talkSPORT2 has moved to DAB+ and talkRADIO is currently broadcasting across both DAB and DAB+ ahead of switching to pure DAB+ later this month. DAB+ offers better sound quality and an ability to provide output in stereo.
“talkRADIO’s strategy continues to build on its industry-leading online visualisation, backed by an upgraded new studio, as it increasingly becomes a multi-platform offer.
“Meanwhile talkSPORT2 is benefiting from the sophisticated new talkSPORT app, featuring a high-quality listening experience and in-built promotional tools like push notifications. This upgrade is well timed for the return of live football.”
🚨 𝗔𝗡𝗡𝗢𝗨𝗡𝗖𝗘𝗠𝗘𝗡𝗧 🚨@talkSPORT2 is now on DAB+
✅ Make sure you retune your radio
✅ Or download our brilliant app!
It’s essential to check so you don’t miss out especially with live sport returning!
— talkSPORT 2 (@talkSPORT2) June 9, 2020
talkSPORT remains unaffected.