The first 25 small-scale DAB radio multiplex licences, offering a low-cost route to digital for local commercial, community and specialist music stations, have today (1 September 2020) been advertised by Ofcom.
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.
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 are 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.
Information on how to apply and guidance notes are available here.
Potential applicants will also be able to find out more at dedicated 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.
The first small scale multiplex licences are expected to be awarded early in 2021.