NOW Leicester


NOW Leicester
Now Leicester
Licensed area Leicestershire and Rutland
Frequency 11B (218.64 MHz)
Air date December 6, 2002
Owner Now Digital (East Midlands)
Website www.now-digital.com
Coverage Map from www.now-digital.com
Transmitters Copt Oak (Loughborough)
Houghton on the Hill (Leicester)

NOW Leicester is a local commercial digital radio multiplex in the United Kingdom, which serves Leicestershire and Rutland. It commenced broadcasts on December 6, 2002 and is operated by NOW Digital on behalf of Now Digital East Midlands Ltd. The launch was delayed by the UK firemen's strike in autumn 2002, which restricted access to transmitter sites.

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Original plans

NOW Digital originally proposed to use transmitters at Copt Oak and Waltham with Skeffington to follow within two years of launch. However on awarding the application the Radio Authority identified that coverage in Leicester itself may not be as good as listeners would expect, and accordingly asked Now Digital to "re-examine its transmission plans in order to address this concern" [1], resulting in the adoption of Houghton on the Hill instead of Waltham. In their original application NOW Digital also identified two additional transmitter sites at Boundary water tower and Empingham, and their introduction would be reviewed during the licence period. Both transmitters carrying the NOW Leicester ensemble also carry the national commercial ensemble Digital One, but not BBC National DAB

Stations carried

The following channels are receivable on any digital-equipped DAB radio in the Leicestershire area:

Station Name Bitrate Audio Channels Description Analogue Availability
Asian Plus 64kbit/s Mono Broadcasts Hindu Sanskar Radio. Owned by Sabras Radio
BBC Leicester 128kbit/s Joint Stereo BBC local radio station for Leicestershire and Rutland 104.9FM
96-105 Capital FM East Midlands 128kbit/s Joint Stereo Contemporary Hit music 96.2, 105.4FM
Gold 128kbit/s Joint Stereo Oldies station owned by Global Radio (Simulcast of Gold Nottingham) 999MW in Nottinghamshire
Gem 106 128kbit/s Joint Stereo 80s 90s and current adult contemporary music 106.0FM
Heart London 128kbit/s Joint Stereo Adult Contemporary - London version
Sabras Sound 64kbit/s Mono Asian 1260MW
Traffic Radio 48kbit/s Mono LSF Midlands version of rolling traffic news service, operated by the Highways Agency
XFM London 128kbit/s Joint Stereo Alternative Indie/Rock music led station

None of Lincs FM group's two stations in the area are on the multiplex.

Former Services

Services previously carried on the multiplex include

  • Capital Disney (Ceased June 30, 2007, replaced by Traffic Radio)
  • Saga 106.6 (Re-branded Smooth Radio March 27, 2007)
  • The Storm (Ceased January 24, 2006, replaced by XFM UK)
  • Century 106 (Re-branded Heart 106 September 2, 2005)
  • Chill (Ceased March 21, 2009, required by Office of Fair Trading ruling after GCap/Global merger)
  • Heart 106 (Re-branded GEM 106 December 31 2010)
  • Galaxy (Ceased December 31 2010) - Normal branding ceased December 19 2010 in advance of the launch of Capital. This service was replaced replaced by Heart London.
  • Leicester Sound (Ceased January 3 2011) - Replaced by Capital FM East Midlands

Original Proposals

Now Digital and EMAP competed for the licence, the services proposed by both applicants were as follows:-

Copt Oak transmitter next to the M1 motorway

Now Digital

  • 105.4 Leicester Sound
  • Sabras Sound
  • 106 Century FM (Now Heart 106)
  • The second East Midlands regional station from launch - awarded to Saga 106.6FM (now Smooth Radio)
  • The Arrow - Rock Music
  • tba - Pop Hits
  • Cube - Children's Music (Launched as Capital Disney)
  • Asian Plus - Asian youth

EMAP

  • 105.4 Leicester Sound
  • Sabras Sound
  • 106 Century FM (Now Heart 106)
  • The second East Midlands regional station from launch - awarded to Saga 106.6FM (now Smooth Radio)
  • 107 Oak FM - Local radio station for Loughborough
  • TAP - Asian youth
  • tba - Oldies
  • XFM - Indie, Alternative Rock
  • KISS - Dance
  • tba - Jazz and Soul

Additionally EMAP proposed that the following services would be broadcast on a part time basis

  • 103.2 Takeover Radio - Children's radio, Saturdays 07:00-14:00
  • Leicester Sports Radio - Local sport, Weekend afternoons.
  • Demon FM - Leicester student radio, Saturdays 18:00-24:00

See also

References

External links


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