MXR Severn Estuary

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MXR Severn Estuary & South Wales
Licensed area Severn Estuary
South Wales
Frequency 12C (223.360 MHz)
Air date 31 July 2001[1]
Close date 29 July 2013[2]
Owner MXR

MXR Severn Estuary was a regional commercial digital radio multiplex in the United Kingdom, which served the West of England and South Wales, including Bristol, Bath, Weston-super-Mare, Cardiff, Newport, Swansea, the South Wales Valleys and north Somerset. The multiplex closed on 29 July 2013 after the shareholders Global Radio & Arqiva decided not to renew the licence.[2]


MXR Severn Estuary was transmitted on frequency block 12C (227.360 MHz) from the following transmitter sites:[3]

Transmitter kW Area
Wenvoe 4 Cardiff & Vale of Glamorgan
Dundry East 1 Bristol
Christchurch 1 Newport & Monmouth
Mendip 0.75 Glastonbury
Kilvey Hill 0.5 Swansea & Bridgend
Carmel 0.5 Carmel & Carmarthen
Ebbw Vale 0.2 Ebbw Vale
Bath 0.2 Bath
Abergavenny 0.2 Abergavenny
Aberdare 0.01 Aberdare


The following channels were available on the multiplex at the time of closure:

Service Service ID Bit rate Audio channels Description Analogue availability
Swansea Bay Radio C784 64 kbit/s Mono Classic & Current Hits 102.1 MHz (Swansea)
Capital South Wales C9CC 128 kbit/s Joint stereo South East Wales' CHR Music Service 103.2 MHz (Cardiff)
97.4 MHz (Newport)
Kiss C3A5 128 kbit/s Joint stereo National dance and urban music station 97.2, 101.0 MHz (Bristol)
LBC 97.3 CFC6 48 kbit/s Mono LSF London-based speech service
Mountain FM CEC3 64 kbit/s Mono Regional DAB service
Nation Radio C376 64 kbit/s Mono South Wales rock music service 106.8 MHz (Cardiff)
107.3 MHz (Swansea)
Heart C3A3 112 kbit/s Joint stereo South Wales regional commercial service Various FM
Real Radio XS C8C5 80 kbit/s Mono Classic rock service from Manchester
UCB Gospel CED0 64 kbit/s Mono LSF Gospel music
UCB Inspirational CFD0 64 kbit/s Mono LSF Christian Speech & Music
Radio X C0B8 128 kbit/s Joint stereo Modern rock service from London
DAB Guide E1C0009A 8 kbit/s Data Hidden service, EPG data
UBC Digital E1C000A2 48 kbit/s Data Hidden service
  • BBC Radio Cymru and BBC Radio Wales were not required to be broadcast on this platform.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Radiocentre Commercial Radio Pocket Booklet 2007
  2. ^ a b "Regional DAB signals commence shut-down". Radio Today. 2013-07-29. Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
  3. ^ Radio Listeners Guide 2010