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Saturday, 30 September 2017
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Nedbod
10:36 AM

YET AGAIN ANOTHER BBC DAB POP-UP STATION ON BBC MULTIPLEX 12B IS LOWERING THE BIT RATE OF MOST OF THE OTHER BBC DAB NATIONAL CHANNELS MAKING THEM SOUND EVEN WORSE THAN USUAL (APART FROM BBC RADIO 3). THIS MORNING (Sat 30 Sep) FROM 6AM THE BBC R1 VINTAGE CHANNEL WAS STEALING BITS OFF RADIOS 1, 1 XTRA, 2, 4, 5 LIVE & 6 MUSIC, MAKING THEM SOUND EVEN WORSE (at 112kpbs instead if 128 kbps) WHEN "IT" (the BBC R1 Vintage Channel) WAS BROADCASTING EXACTLY THE SAME PROGRAMMES THAT WERE ON BBC RADIO 1 & BBC RADIO 2 WITH JUST 64 kbps IN "MONO" !!

64kbps IS NOWHERE NEAR ENOUGH BITS TO RUN A MUSIC STATION !!

WHY NOT GIVE ALL THE BITS TO BBC RADIO 1 OR 2 FOR 4 HOURS & LET THAT CHANNEL BROADCAST THE VINTAGE PROGRAMMES IN HIGH QUALITY STEREO WITH 160kbps or EVEN 192 kbps !! I NOTE ONCE AGAIN ELITIST SNOBBY BBC RADIO 3 KEEPS ITS MUCH HIGHER BIT RATE OF 192 kbps EVEN THOUGH IT IS ONE OF THE LEAST LISTEN TO NATIONAL STATIONS. CAPITAL FM LOST ITS HIGHISH BIT RATE OF 160 kbps (down to 128 kbps) A FEW YEARS AGO AS DID VIRGIN/ABSOLUTE RADIO & MANY COMMERCIAL DAB STATIONS ARE IN VERY POOR QUALITY MONO. EVEN THE STEVE PENK WIND UP CHANNEL WHICH HAD A HIGHER BIT RATE (96 kbs) THAN BBC RADIO 5 LIVE (80 or 64 kbps depending if 5 LIVE SPORTSXTRA is on air) & IS NOW IN MONO. I LOVE THE FACT THAT 5 LIVE GOES OUT OVERNIGHT IN (((STEREO))) ON BBC RADIO CYMRU FM OVERNIGHT BUT HAS NEVER BEEN IN STEREO AT ALL ON ITS OWN PLATFORMS - DAB OR MW/AM :-) NO WONDER SALES OF DAB RADIOS ARE STALLING WHEN BBC RADIOS 1 AND 2 SOUND BRILLIANT ON FM AND BBC RADIO 4 IS ALWAYS IN STEREO ON THAT PLATFORM, INCLUDING THE BBC WORLD SERVICE (which is broadcast on BBC R4 DAB in higher quality than BBC R4 itself from 7pm and between 8:30am & 9am when Yesterday in Parliament is on its own DAB channel) and between 09:45am and 10am when the Daily Service is broadcast). To hear BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA in (((STEREO))) you have to tune into FREEVIEW / FREESAT Ch 708 or SHY or VIRGIN or listen on line as it has NEVER been in stereo on DAB due to capacity problems. Most BBC LOCAL RADIO STATIONS broadcast in higher quality than the National ones these days especially when there is a pop up[ channel on air. HOW CRAZY IS THAT WHEN THEIR AUDIENCE IS SO MUCH SMALLER !!!!

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Sunday, 1 October 2017
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3:11 PM

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