NOW Cardiff & Newport

NOW Cardiff & Newport
Licensed area Cardiff & Newport
Frequency 11C (220.352 MHz)
Air date 31 October 2000
Owner NOW Digital Southern (Arqiva)
Website www.now-digital.com
Transmitters St. Hilary, Wenallt, Christchurch

NOW Cardiff & Newport, as the name suggests, is the name of the DAB multiplex operator for the Cardiff & Newport areas of South Wales. It stretches northwards the heads of the Welsh Valleys, westwards to Bridgend, eastwards to Avonmouth and to the far side of the Severn Estuary.

The platform originally launched as Capital Digital Cardiff & Newport which was a wholly owned subsidiary of Capital Radio PLC. When the parent company merged with GWR Group PLC in 2004, it took on the Now Digital name. However, after Global Radio bought the merged company (GCap Media) in 2008, Global chose to sell the DAB subsidiary to transmitter company Arqiva.

The service is currently carried on three transmitters and as required, has to carry the two BBC regional services, BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru.

Contents

Current line-up of services

Service Service ID Bit rate Audio channels Description Analogue availability
Absolute Classic Rock C7C9 128 kbit/s Joint stereo Classic rock, replaced Absolute Radio 90s, when it moved to Digital One
BBC Radio Cymru C347 128 kbit/s Joint stereo BBC Welsh language service 92.4-96.8, 103.5-104.9 MHz
BBC Radio Wales C438 128 kbit/s Joint stereo BBC English regional service for Wales Various FM
657, 882 kHz
Capital South Wales C38C 160 kbit/s Joint stereo Contemporary hit radio 97.4 MHz (Newport)
103.2 MHz (Cardiff)
Choice FM CAC6 112 kbit/s Joint stereo Urban station, networked from London
Gold C4D2 160 kbit/s Joint stereo Golden oldies station, networked from London 1305, 1359 kHz
NME Radio CEC1 128 kbit/s Joint stereo Modern rock station
Pop Up Radio CFCF 64 kbit/s Mono LSF Special event service
EPG SE Wales E1C000C9 8 kbit/s Data Hidden service, EPG data

Transmitter sites

NOW Cardiff & Newport currently broadcasts on the following sites:[1]

Transmitter kW Area
Christchurch 2 Newport & Monmouthshire
St. Hiliary 2 Vale of Glamorgan
Wenallt 0.5 Cardiff & Penarth

Former services

The following is a list of services which used to be carried on the multiplex.[2][3]

Service What happened
Century Withdrawn in 2008 after GMG Radio purchase, replaced by Chill
Chill Withdrawn in 2009, replaced by Choice FM
Fun Radio Withdrawn in 2008
MTV Dance Withdrawn in 2003
The Storm Withdrawn in 2004 after GWR merger

References

  1. ^ Radio Listeners Guide 2010
  2. ^ Radio Authority Pocket Guides 2000 - 2004
  3. ^ CRCA Pocket Book 2006 - 2007

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