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London's local radio stations are transmitted using four DAB multiplexes, or 'ensembles':
Several DAB relay transmitters are used to extend DAB digital radio coverage around Greater London to a radius of around 25 to 30 miles, subject to terrain. The Trial London DAB Multiplex will have more limited coverage.
The links below have coverage maps for each multiplex:
A full list of London DAB radio stations is provided in the table below, updated in November 2014. The list includes links to each broadcaster's website, DAB ensemble frequencies, channel information, station genres and transmission bit rates.
|London DAB Radio Station||Genre||Bitrate||Sky Radio Channel|
BBC National DAB Multiplex - Block 12B (225.64MHz)
|BBC Radio 1||Pop Music||128Kbps Stereo||0101|
|BBC Radio 1Xtra||Other Music||128Kbps Stereo
|BBC Radio 2||Pop Music||128Kbps Stereo||0102|
|BBC Radio 3||Cultures||192Kbps Stereo||0103|
|BBC Radio 4||Varied Speech||128Kbps Stereo||0104|
|BBC Radio 4 Extra||Varied Speech||80Kbps Mono||0131|
|BBC Radio 5 Live||News||64Kbps Mono||0105|
|BBC Radio 5 Live Sport X||Sports||64Kbps Mono||0144|
|BBC Radio 6 Music||Rock Music||128Kbps Stereo||0120|
|BBC Asian Network||Varied Speech||64Kbps Mono||0119|
|BBC World Service||Varied Speech||64Kbps Mono||0115|
D1 National Commercial DAB Multiplex - Block 11D (222.06MHz)
|Talk SPORT||Sport||64Kbps Mono||0108|
|Absolute Radio||Rock Music||80Kbps Mono
|LBC||Varied Speech||64Kbps Mono||0112|
|Classic FM||Serious Classics||128Kbps Stereo||0106|
|Magic||Easy Listening||80Kbps Mono||0180|
|BFBS Radio||Pop Music||80Kbps Mono||0211|
|Capital XTRA||Pop Music||112Kbps Stereo||0114|
|KISS||Pop Music||80Kbps Mono||0178|
|Radio X||Rock Music||80Kbps Mono||0113|
|Heart Extra||Pop Music||80Kbps Mono||0112|
|Smooth Extra||Easy Listening||80Kbps Mono||0146|
Trial London DAB Multiplex - Owned by UDAB - Block 9A (202.92MHz)
|NuSound Radio||Varied Speech||128Kbps Stereo
|LGR (London Greek Radio)||Other Music||128Kbps Stereo||-|
|CDNX (Camden Experience)||Rock Music||128Kbps Stereo||-|
|Rinse FM||Pop Music||128Kbps Stereo
|Crackers Radio||Pop Music||128Kbps Stereo||-|
|Solar Radio||Soul Music||128Kbps Stereo
|Reprezent||Pop Music||128Kbps Stereo
|NTS||Pop Music||128Kbps Stereo
London 1 Multiplex - Owned by CE Digital - Block 12C (227.36MHz)
|Absolute Radio||Rock Music||112Kbps Stereo
|KISS||Pop Music||112Kbps Stereo||0178|
|Capital London||Pop Music||128Kbps Stereo||0109|
|Magic London||Easy Listening||112Kbps Stereo||0180|
|Smooth London||Easy Listening||128Kbps Stereo||0180|
|KISS Fresh||Pop Music||80Kbps Mono||-|
|Absolute Radio 90's||Pop Music||80Kbps Mono||0203|
|Heart London||Pop Music||128Kbps Stereo||0111|
|Gold||Pop Music||128Kbps Stereo||0121|
London 2 Multiplex - Owned by Switchdigital - Block 12A (223.93MHz)
|Chris Country||Country music||80Kbps Mono||-|
|UCB2||Religion||64Kbps Mono||586 (TV)|
|Kerrang!||Rock Music||64Kbps Mono||368|
|Mi Soul||Soul Music||64Kbps Mono||-|
|LBC London News||Varied Speech||64Kbps Mono||0124|
|BBC Radio London||Varied Speech||128Kbps Stereo||0152*|
|Spectrum Radio||Other Music||64Kbps Mono||0185|
|Sout Al Khaleej||Varied Speech||64Kbps Mono||NA|
|Asian FX Radio||Varied Speech||64Kbps Mono||-|
|Radio Sputnik||Varied Speech||112Kbps Stereo||-|
|Jazz FM||Jazz||80Kbps Mono||0202|
|The Arrow||Rock||128Kbps Stereo||-|
London 3 Multiplex - Owned by DRg London - Block 11B (218.64MHz)
|Lyca Radio 1458||Varied Speech||64Kbps Mono||-|
|Lyca DIL SE 1035||Varied Speech||64Kbps Mono||-|
|Polish Radio London||Pop Music||96Kbps Mono||0213|
|Chill||Other Music||64Kbps Mono
|Fun Kids||Children's Progs||80Kbps Mono||0171|
|Absolute Classic Rock||Rock Music||64Kbps Mono||0201|
|Ahomka Radio UK||Varied Speech||64Kbps Mono||-|
|Premier Gospel||Religion||80Kbps Mono||0123|
|IBC Tamil||Cultures||64Kbps Mono||NA|
|The Wireless||Varied Speech||64Kbps Mono||NA|
|Matryoshka Radio||Pop Music||128Kbps Stereo||NA|
|Gaydio||Varied Speech||80Kbps Mono||NA|
Fill-in DAB relay transmitters for the London area are situated at:
These relays operate on the same channel blocks as the main DAB transmitter sites at Croydon and Crystal Palace, but at reduced power levels. This creates an SFN (Single Frequency Network).
Four new DAB transmitters were commissioned in April 2012 to improve reception in Central London, including one at the BT Telecoms Tower.
Directional DAB Aerial
The coverage area of London DAB radio (including low power relay transmitters) extends beyond the boundaries of the M25, to comfortably include much of East Berkshire and the Guildford, Slough and Windsor conurbations.
Reading, Berkshire is outside the coverage area of London DAB services, although reception may be possible in favourable locations with a clear view to the east or south east if a high gain directional DAB aerial is used.
It's worth noting that there is a fill-in DAB transmitter in Guildford which carries the London DAB multiplexes, if Crystal Palace reception is not possible in locations to the west of London.
London DAB reception may also be possible in Woking, Aldershot, Camberley, Bracknell and Maidenhead although these towns are on the extremity of the Drg London DAB coverage map, and would require a roof-top directional DAB aerial and favourable local terrain for reliable reception of all multiplexes.
A separate coverage map for Switch London DAB Radio from the Crystal Palace transmitter is also available.
To the south of London, DAB coverage extends to Reigate, Redhill and Crawley (Sussex); whilst to the east of town Southend in Essex is in an outer fringe reception area.
DAB radio coverage to the north of London is boosted by several relay transmitters, allowing reception of London's local DAB radio stations in Luton, Hemel Hempstead, St. Albans, Hatfield and Stevenage.
The outer fringe of London DAB coverage to the north extends out to Letchworth and Hitchin in Hertfordshire and Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire. Fringe reception areas would require an roof-top DAB aerial installation (a directional high gain DAB aerial is recommended) and no guarantee of reception reliability is given, especially in valleys or where buildings, trees or other nearby obstructions exist.
As an alternative to DAB, London's local radio stations are also available on Sky TV and channel numbers are provided in the table below for convenience.
Given the pitifully low transmission bitrates used on several London DAB multiplexes, there are audio quality benefits when listening to digital radio through your Sky digibox rather than via DAB.
To retune a Digital Radio, you will need to invoke an 'Autotune' or 'Station Scan' on your DAB radio. Autotune procedures vary depending on which model of DAB radio you have - for Pure DAB radios refer to the Pure User Manual for your particular radio which can be downloaded in PDF format at Pure.com Support.
BBC London is only available to London postcodes on Sky TV channel 0152. However, as BBC London is transmitted on Astra 28.2E - Frequency: 10.803 GHz, Horizontal polarisation, S/R 22000, FEC 5/6 - it can be added to your Sky Digibox regardless of where you are in the UK, by accessing "Services > Add Channels". The links below provide further help on this topic.