MXR North West

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MXR North West
Licensed area North West of England & Flintshire
Frequency 12C (227.360 MHz)
Air date 25 September 2001[1]
Close date 24 September 2013[2]
Owner MXR

MXR North West was a regional commercial digital radio multiplex in the United Kingdom, which served the North West of England. The multiplex closed on 24 September 2013 after the shareholders Global Radio & Arqiva decided not to renew the licence.[2]

Transmitter sites[edit]

MXR North West was broadcast from the following sites:[3]

Transmitter kW Area
Moel-y-Parc 5 North East Wales, Merseyside & North West Cheshire
Winter Hill 2 Manchester & South Lancashire
Morecambe Bay 1.51 Barrow Peninsula (Southern Cumbria)
Lancaster 1.51 Northern Lancashire
Pendle Forest 0.5 Burnley & Nelson
Sunley Building 0.4 Central Manchester
Sutton Common 0.2 Eastern Cheshire
Warbreck 0.2 Blackpool

Stations carried[edit]

The following channels were receivable on any digital-equipped DAB radio in the North West area at the time of closure:

Service Service ID Bit rate Audio channels Description Analogue availability
Capital Manchester C4AA 128 kbit/s Joint stereo CHR station owned by Global Radio 102.0 MHz (Manchester)
Choice FM CFC7 128 kbit/s Joint stereo Urban music station owned by Global Radio
Gold C8D8 128 kbit/s Joint stereo Classic hits station owned by Global Radio
Heart London C0C8 128 kbit/s Joint stereo Adult contemporary station owned by Global Radio
LBC 97.3 C4C8 48 kbit/s Mono London-based speech station station owned by Global Radio
Real Radio North West C38E 128 kbit/s Joint stereo Adult contemporary station owned by GMG Radio 105.4 MHz
Real Radio XS C8C5 128 kbit/s Joint stereo Classic rock 106.1 MHz (Manchester)
Smooth Radio C3A7 128 kbit/s Joint stereo Easy listening station owned by GMG Radio 100.4 MHz
Transworld Radio CDC0 64 kbit/s Mono German-based religious service, launched 1 April 2010
UCB Inspirational CED0 64 kbit/s Mono Christian music
UCB Gospel CFD0 64 kbit/s Mono Christian music
DAB Guide E1C0009C 8 kbit/s Data Hidden service, EPG data

Previous services[edit]

Service What happened
Capital Disney Closed to allow for new national DAB licence bids, replaced by UCB UK and UCB Inspirational
Century Radio Renamed Real Radio in March 2009 after GMG Radio purchase
CUBE Relaunched as Capital Disney
DNN Replaced by LBC 97.3
Real Radio Digital Stopped broadcasting after GMG Radio bought Century, replaced by Jazz FM
UCB UK Moved to Digital One, replaced by UCB Gospel
Jazz FM Moved to Digital One, replaced by Real Radio XS

References[edit]

  1. ^ Radiocentre Commercial Radio Pocket Booklet 2007
  2. ^ a b "North West MXR DAB multiplex falls silent". Radio Today. 2013-09-24. Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
  3. ^ Radio Listeners Guide 2010