RTÉ Radio‘s trials of digital radio services, which began in March 2007, come to an end on Sunday, November 30. The next morning, the Irish public-service broadcaster will launch five new digital services.
RTÉ Radio tried a selection of services over the past 20 months on the RTÉ NL trial multiplex license. Services were evaluated in terms of technical performance, listener appeal and public value. On the basis of these metrics and market research, RTÉ Radio has decided to proceed with three music services, a speech service and a children-only radio service.
The digital radio music services, sister stations to RTÉ 2fm, are RTÉ Pulse, RTÉ 2XM and RTÉ Chill. The speech service, a sister station to RTÉ Radio 1, is RTÉ Choice; and the final station aimed at children aged 2 to10 is RTÉ Junior.