DAB+ digital radio goes live in Canberra
Canberra residents can now access commercial radio on their DAB+ digital radios.
SCA‘s Buddha Hits, with its slogan of Tune In and Chill Out, is now live in the nation’s capital.
“After a successful testing phase in Canberra we are pleased to officially launch Buddha Hits in Canberra,” said Hit Network head of music Irene Hulme.
“With Easy Hits launched in Hobart earlier this year and now Buddha Hits available in Canberra, we are gradually expanding the footprint of our digital radio offering and continuing to provide our listeners with more variety when it comes to their music habits.”
Snow FM‘s digital station Snow Digital will provide Canberrans ski condition updates, Coles Radio is now available, as well as KIX Country, The Edge Digital & My Canberra Digital.
“Commercial radio has been broadcasting on the AM band in Canberra since 1931 and on FM since 1988. Now with the official move to digital broadcasting, radio can keep innovating and offering better services to listeners,” said Joan Warner.
The move will provide improved coverage, particularly in the south of Canberra and along the Federal and Barton Highways.
“We’re excited to introduce new stations to Canberra and be part of the growing digital radio landscape,” said Canberra FM general manager Craig Wagstaff.
Radio Canberra GM Michael Jones added: “Listeners will notice a significant upgrade in sound quality on DAB+ radios compared to AM, along with other benefits such as easy tuning and on-screen information such as song titles, news and weather.”
DAB+ services were first launched on a low-powered trial in Canberra in 2010, and listeners can either pick up a new DAB+ radio or rescan their radios from 10:30 am on Friday, July 19.