DC Thomson Closes Pure Radio

Scottish station Pure Radio (unconnected to the similarly sounding digital radio manufacturer) has been closed by its owners DC Thomson. Scottish publisher DC Thomson, who launched the station is 2019, have stated the decision was due to low advertising revenues and audio figures.

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Pure Radio Expands

Pure Radio has expanded for a second time to the Aberdeenshire area, by launching on the Aberdeen DAB multiplex on Friday (6th August 2021).

The station has a 80 kbps mono ‘normal’ DAB slot. Although not in stereo, unlike stations using the newer DAB+ format, all DAB radios should receive the service.

The station first launched on the Central Scotland DAB multiplex back in 2019. The first round of expansion saw the service reach Dundee and Perth on FM, replacing local station Wave FM in July 2020.

The station has a largely pop/adult contemporary format, and has no association with the radio manufacturer with a similar name. The station is owned by DC Thompson Media, who also own local stations Kingdom FM in Fife, and Original 106 in Aberdeenshire.

Kingdom FM Joins DAB

Kingdom FM has now joined the Central Scotland DAB multiplex, ahead of the official DAB launch tomorrow (30th October). The station replaces Rocksport Radio, which is continuing online.

Kingdom FM is broadcasting using ‘original’ DAB in stereo at 128 kbps. This offer slightly better sound quality than local rival Forth 1 who currently use 112 kbps (also stereo).

The Central Scotland DAB multiplex covers the central belt of Scotland, including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Fife, Falkirk, Stirling and North Ayrshire. Kingdom FM will remain focused on Fife, but now has an expanded coverage area.