Commencement of small-scale DAB licensing

Following the publication of Ofcom’s Statement in April on Licensing small-scale DAB (PDF, 6.0 MB), Ofcom has announced that they plan to advertise the first (‘Round One’) small-scale radio multiplex licences on Tuesday 1 September 2020 .

This will also be the date from which applicants will be able to apply for a Community Digital Sound Programme (‘C-DSP’) licence to broadcast a C-DSP service on any of the multiplex services for which licences are being advertised in Round One.

In light of the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, and its impact on stakeholders, Ofcom sent a short questionnaire to those people who had previously expressed an interest in applying for a small-scale radio multiplex licence in one or more of the Round One locations before going ahead with publishing the advertisements.

The planned date of 1 September is a result of the feedback Ofcom received, and may be subject to change as the coronavirus situation and its impact on stakeholders and Ofcom develops in coming months. Once Ofcom advertises the multiplex licences, applicants will have 12 weeks to prepare and submit their applications before the closing date.

The list of multiplex licence areas Ofcom plans to advertise on 1 September is as follows:

Alnwick & Morpeth Isles of Scilly
Basingstoke Kings Lynn
Derry/Londonderry Leeds
Bradford Newcastle & Gateshead
Cambridge North Birmingham
Cardiff Norwich
Clevedon, Avonmouth & Filton Salisbury
Dudley & Stourbridge Sheffield & Rotherham
East Bristol, Mangotsfield & Keynsham South Birmingham
Edinburgh Tynemouth & South Shields
Exeter Welsh valleys
Glasgow Winchester
Inverclyde