BBC to join Digital One

The BBC may put one or more of its digital radio stations onto the Digital One national service in a bid to help breathe new life into the struggling medium. BBC is looking at putting the BBC Asian Network, plus the possibility of one or two other stations, on the Digital One national commercial digital audio broadcasting – DAB – multiplex, which is co-owned by Global Radio and transmission business Arqiva.

The move would fill some of the vacant capacity on Digital One, which has room for around 10 stations but currently carries only four: digital simulcasts of Classic FM, TalkSport and Absolute Radio, plus the sole national DAB-only station, Planet Rock.

BBC stations joining Digital One would also free up more capacity on the corporation’s own national digital radio multiplex, enabling it to launch more services or improve the sound quality of one or more of its existing ones.

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