Alternative rock radio network NME Radio will launch on national DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) radio, effective Dec. 22.

The eight-month trial period commences at 7am GMT. It launched on DAB in London only in May 2009.

"Since launch, NME Radio has strived to increase distribution with constant requests for the station to be made available nationally on DAB," said managing and programming director Sammy Jacob in a statement.

"We are therefore delighted with this development as it will significantly increase the opportunity to listen to the station across the country. NME Radio is extremely passionate about the music it plays, especially the promotion of great new acts. Being able to share that passion with a wider audience will make it all the more worthwhile."

In addition to the DAB platform, the station is already available nationally on Sky, Virgin Media, Freesat and online via NME.COM. It can also be heard on all Virgin Atlantic Flights.

NME Radio is owned and operated by DX Media, under license from the weekly magazine's owners IPC Media.