The Arrow (radio)
The clickable images and aerial photographs within this page show facts about The Arrow (radio). The Arrow is a British digital radio station playing pop and the softer end of rock music. It broadcasts on DAB Digital Radio (in London). It is also broadcast on TalkTalk TV and streamed online. The station is operated by Global Radio; prior to Global's formation it was owned by their predecessor Chrysalis Radio.
Cuts and reductions
The Arrow was at one point presenter-led, with programmes hosted by DJs (though usually voicetracked rather than live). There were also hourly news bulletins and the ability to opt-out for local travel bulletins. The news, travel and on-air presenters have now been removed, with the station switching to non-stop music.
In May 2008, The Arrow ceased broadcasting on London's DRG digital radio multiplex. A portion of the Arrow's space, along with a smaller slot that was previously used by Bauer Group's Smash Hits Radio, was reused to launch Bauer-owned alternative/rock station Q Radio onto the DRG multiplex.
In February 2010 The Arrow was removed from the MXR Severn Estuary multiplex. Although DAB radios within the reach of that multiplex still display The Arrow as the received station, in fact XFM now broadcasts on that channel.
In November 2010, The Arrow returned to London on DRG London replacing Galaxy Digital, following the decision to combine the Galaxy Network with 95.8 Capital FM (and The Hit Music Network) to form the new Capital FM Network, a change which came into force from January 2011. The Arrow was chosen to replace Galaxy as it was the only Global Radio station not already available on DAB in London. In the East Midlands, where the Hit Music Network stations became Capital, Galaxy was replaced with Heart London (this was tied in with Gem 106 replacing Heart East Midlands).