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Nation Broadcasting & UK DAB Networks apply for DAB multiplexes

Nation Broadcasting (Nation) has submitted a number of licence applications to Ofcom in the first round of small scale digital radio (SSDAB) multiplexes which closed today (23rd November 2020).

Nation, the UK’s third largest operator of local commercial radio services, has directly applied for licences in areas where it has existing analogue interests, including in Glasgow, Cardiff, South Shields and also in Salisbury, in a joint venture with BFBS. As a minority shareholder, Nation has also joined a number of applicants bidding in other parts of the UK, including the West Midlands, Yorkshire, the North East and South West.

Nation has also announced an investment in a new DAB consultancy and operations company UK DAB Networks Ltd, led by its DAB Platform Manager Ash Elford.

Jason Bryant, Founder and Executive Chairman of Nation Broadcasting said; ”Having successfully run the Glasgow SSDAB trial since 2018, we believe we can add value and opportunities to this new level of digital radio. We see SSDAB as a platform for community radio operators to gain access to DAB at marginal additional cost and as a cost effective first step for innovative new commercial service providers.”

Ash Elford said “UK DAB Networks has ambitions to become a leading operator of SSDAB licences. We have submitted strong applications in a number of areas including South Birmingham, Hampshire and Inverclyde and we look forward to working with applicants in this round and future SSDAB rounds.”

Community and Commercial Radio services interested in working with Nation or UK DAB Networks in future SSDAB rounds should contact UK DAB Networks.

The full list of multiplexes being applied for are:

Nation Broadcasting

  • Cardiff

  • Edinburgh

  • Glasgow

  • Salisbury (as a joint venture with BFBS)

  • Tynemouth & South Shields

UK DAB Networks

  • Alnwick & Morpeth

  • Basingstoke

  • Inverclyde

  • South Birmingham

  • Winchester

Further to this, UK DAB Networks has also provided support for a further seven applications on behalf of three clients.

Ofcom DAB multiplex application window open

The deadline for applications for small scale DAB multiplexes is 23rd November 2020 for locations advertised by Ofcom in round 1. If you are interested in broadcasting on DAB digital radio either as a station or multiplex operator, please don't hesitate to contact us to discuss opportunities available.