Ofcom is now advertising the first 25 small-scale DAB radio multiplex licences – offering a low-cost route for local commercial, community and specialist music stations to take to the digital airwaves.
Small-scale DAB is an innovative technology that will expand local digital radio coverage and ensure listeners will be able to tune into a wide range of radio services across the UK.
In April this year, Ofcom set out how they will license ‘small-scale DAB’. Today’s initial round of 25 licence areas are spread across the UK, and include several areas where small-scale DAB multiplexes have already been operating on a trial basis.
Ofcom is also inviting applications for new Community Digital Sound Programme (‘C-DSP’) licences from groups wishing to broadcast community radio services in these small-scale multiplex areas.
Ofcom has published the relevant application forms and guidance notes on how to apply for both small-scale multiplex licences and C-DSP licences. Potential applicants will also be able to find out more at some online events in late September.
The second round of multiplex licences will be advertised next year and will cover areas in north-west England and north-east Wales.