(Source: Southgate ARC)
Hundreds of new local digital radio stations could start broadcasting in the UK from next year, under proposals outlined by Ofcom
With over 40% of the UK’s radio listening now taking place on the Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) platform, today’s proposals mark a major step towards expanding local DAB coverage, giving listeners an even wider choice of new digital radio stations.
Small-scale DAB is cutting-edge technology, pioneered in the UK by an Ofcom engineer. It provides local commercial, community and specialist music stations with a low-cost route to hitting the digital airwaves.
The consultation sets out:
• our proposed spectrum and licensing process;
• our approach to developing a coverage area plan; and
• how we intend to advertise licences and assess applications.
We would like to hear from interested parties by Friday 4 October and intend to start advertising licences early in 2020.