The Beat to launch on DAB

A new digital radio station 'The Beat' will launch this weekend on the Herts, Beds and Bucks DAB multiplex.

Operated by the people behind community station MKFM in Milton Keynes, the station will pride itself on ‘playing all the hits’ and will provide bespoke local news, travel, weather and What’s On information.

It will also be added to the Norwich mux on July 22nd and discussions are taking place with several other local multiplexes around the UK to carry new localised versions of the service.

Ex-Heart and BRMB presenter Mikey Faulkner is set to host Breakfast, as well as a Sunday afternoon chart show, and former Capital FM and Heart host Chris Brooks hosting Daytimes.  At the weekend, Pat Sharp will playing All The Hits on Saturday afternoons.

Darren Dorrington, Managing Director at The Beat said: “We’ve been working hard over the last six months to prepare for this launch and we’re really excited for the big launch on Saturday 8th July. The best thing about The Beat is that we’re going to be able to provide local news and information for each of the areas we cover.  At a time when other broadcasters are cutting local content, I’m proud that The Beat will deliver bespoke local content for each of the areas it serves.  We’ll be announcing some additional locations for The Beat in due course.”

The Beat is not connected with the London station of the same name, broadcasting on 103.6FM from Harlesden.