The station was designed to provide service over digital services in areas where Real was not available in a local form. It replaced a digital-only easy listening service named 'Smooth', which GMG had launched with the MXR multiplexes in ; the relaunch of This move made Century and Real sister operations. Century Digital was removed from DAB in Birmingham and Cardiff, with listeners in these areas advised by the Century Digital website to instead listen to Real on the regional multiplex. Real Radio Digital was also available nationally within the radio section of Sky Digital. This continued as an automated music service for a time after Real Digital's closure, then subsequently became a relay of Real Radio Wales.
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Real Radio was a network of five regional radio stations broadcasting to Northern England, Scotland, Wales and Yorkshire. Each station broadcast a mix of local and networked programming. On Tuesday 6 May , the stations were merged with the Heart network. Initially serving south and west Wales, the station expanded to north and mid Wales in January , over two years after winning a second licence. In July , networked programming was introduced across all stations during evening and overnight timeslots,  and in November this was increased to daytime timeslots. The most recognised strapline Real good, feel good radio , was introduced in March In August , the two former Century Network stations, in the North East and the North West, were gaining just half the listeners they once had.
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The achievements of commercial radio stations are celebrated at the IRN Awards, with the top prize going to Global's co-founder. This year's prestigious Gold Award was presented to Richard Park, the co-founder of Global Radio, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the commercial radio industry. In his role as director of broadcasting and group executive director, he oversees a vast stable of radio stations including the Capital network, the Heart network, Classic FM and LBC in London.
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