Want to broadcast your station on DAB digital radio to the North West?

Updated: 19/08/21

UK DAB Networks is currently involved in a number of applications to operate small scale DAB multiplexes in the North West. Some of the applications we've announced below, others will be revealed in the coming weeks. If you want to broadcast on DAB digital radio, please get in touch with us and let us know what area, or areas, you are interested in.

We're experienced operators of DAB digital radio multiplexes in the UK, so if you are want to broadcast to the North West, please contact us!

UK DAB Networks supporting application for Blackburn, Burnley & Darwen DAB multiplex

31/08/21
Synergy DAB (Blackburn, Burnley & Darwen) Ltd has today, Tuesday 31st August, announced their intention to bid for the recently advertised Blackburn, Burnley & Darwen) small scale DAB multiplex.

The group original 963 East Lancashire service is backed by Shafat Ali, founder and CEO of Asian Sound Radio Group, Like Media Ryan Davies, UK DAB Network's Ash Elford, Huma Ali, MD of Radio In Schools & Education and Gujratii broadcaster Mr. Karolia of Blackburn Gujrati services.

Shafat Ali said of Synergy DAB’s plans to commitment to the local Blackburn, Burnley and Darwen area is arguably one of the most culturally diverse areas of the UK. Using my professional network of nearly three decades in providing Asian Sound Radio, a diverse local broadcaster, I truly believe that it will be possible to provide a good multiplex that ensures all voices of the local community are able to be heard on DAB digital radio.

Our local senior broadcaster Mr. Karolia of the C-DSP service Gujrati Radio says: I'm excited to be a part of Synergy DAB's local application to operate the Blackburn, Burnley & Darwen) small scale DAB multiplex. For a grass roots organisation like ours, being heard on digital radio is a fantastic opportunity to serve the Gujrati speaking population with a dedicated local radio service on a major terrestrial radio platform.

Huma Ali adds: "To support our grass roots service providers in Blackburn, Burnley and Darwen, if Synergy DAB is successful in it's application to operate the multiplex, within six months of launch we will donate up to 500 portable DAB+ radios to disadvantaged households in the local area."

Community, commercial, and aspiring radio services interested in broadcasting to Blackburn, Burnley and Darwen are encouraged to send an expression of interest to info@synergydab.com ASAP

Today, Synergy DAB also announced that if its application to operate the Rochdale & Oldham multiplex is successful, it too will donate a further up to 500 portable DAB+ radios to disadvantaged households in the area within six months of launch too. It means that if both applications are successful, 1000 digital radios will be donated, widening listeners' audience choices voices locally.

Not for profit company Liverpool Community SSDAB Ltd announces plans to bring local digital radio to Liverpool

28/08/21
Liverpool Community SSDAB Ltd, a non-profit company, today unveiled plans to apply for the Liverpool small scale DAB multiplex recently advertised by Ofcom. The non-profit company is backed by former Sales Director of Juice FM Andy Stratton, Liverpudlian financier Steve Leather, local entertainer John Beddows, DAB guru Ash Elford, radio station operator Ryan Davies, with North West radio legend John Ryan as Chair of the organisation.

Andy Stratton said:
"Liverpool is a unique place, and its people are loyal and passionate. Liverpudlians always like to support and engage with anything relating to their city. I look forward to Liverpool Community SSDAB bringing new broadcasting opportunities to Liverpool. Our application will allow a broad range of community based non-profit organisations to broadcast on terrestrial radio for the very first time."

Ash Elford added:
"Liverpool Community SSDAB will provide a platform for grass roots community groups to broadcast, as well as providing affordable access to DAB digital radio for small commercial operators too. Over the years I have seen first hand what a huge opportunity DAB digital radio broadcasting can be for grass routes broadcasters. I want to repeat this success in Liverpool."

John Ryan concludes:
"With Liverpool Community SSDAB we have assembled a strong team that are committed to making digital radio accessible to any aspiring community or small commercial broadcaster in Liverpool. Liverpool SSDAB is a non-profit organisation that will make it affordable for community and small commercial operators to broadcast on DAB digital radio."

Services interested in broadcasting on DAB digital radio to Liverpool are advised to contact ash@ukdab.net as soon as possible, or alternatively get in touch with us through the UK DAB Networks website.

Wrexham DAB Ltd unveils plans to bring local digital radio to Wrexham

19/08/21


Wrexham DAB Ltd has today announced that it is to apply for the recently advertised small scale DAB multiplex for Wrexham. If successful, it will mean that Wrexham based Calon FM will be broadcast on digital radio for the first time.

Wrexham DAB is a consortium led by Ryan Davies, Ash Elford of UK DAB Networks and Calon FM.

Amy Hughes, station manager of Calon FM says,
“ We're so excited that small scale DAB is coming to Wrexham and we see this as great opportunity for small local radio to be heard across the borough, providing a voice for the community and entertainment to listeners"

"DAB will see Calon FM make the jump to a digital platform for our listeners, and we're proud to be part of this application."

Ryan Davies, of Like Media Group says,
"For too long digital radio services in Wrexham have been either UK centric or too focused on South Wales. Wrexham DAB aims to address this through our partnership with Calon FM."

Ash Elford of UK DAB Networks says,
"Wrexham DAB has assembled a strong team and I'm really excited to be applying with Calon FM. Historically, Wrexham was the heart of local radio in North Wales, and now its time to ensure it has a place in the digital age.

Services interested in broadcasting to Wrexham on DAB are encouraged to email ash@ukdab.net or alternatively get in touch with us through the UK DAB Networks website.

UK DAB Networks supporting application for Oldham & Rochdale DAB multiplex

30/07/21

Synergy DAB (Oldham & Rochdale) Ltd has today, Friday 30th July, announced their intention to bid for the recently advertised Oldham & Rochdale small scale DAB multiplex.

If successful, it will mean Synergy DAB will transmit around 20 new DAB radio services to the area. Synergy DAB’s ethos is to provide local, culturally diverse, engaging educational and entertaining services to the community working in harmony with small commercial operators and local community local services.

The Synergy DAB founding consortium is a partnership between Asian Sound Radio CEO Shafat Ali, Like Media Group's Ryan Davies, UK DAB Network's Ash Elford and Huma Ali, MD of Radio In Schools & Education.

Shafat Ali said of the new venture:“For over three decades, my heart has been in the North West radio market. Through Asian Sound Radio, I have seen first hand how terrestrial radio broadcasting can make a huge difference to local communities that are otherwise unserved by traditional broadcasters. Synergy DAB will give more people a voice and sense of community.”

Ryan Davies said:“The Synergy DAB partnership is an exciting initiative to be part of. Having recently just sold my analogue stations in the North West to Bauer Media, I have now focused on building a sustainable digital radio platform in Oldham & Rochdale for community services and small commercial services.”

Ash Elford added:“I’ve always said that it is important that in a digital world, nobody is left behind. Through Synergy DAB, we’ve created a venture that will bring a diverse range of services to Rochdale & Oldham of all shapes and sizes.”

Huma Ali concludes:"Working with local educational partners in the boroughs of Oldham and Rochdale, will enable them to have a sustainable presence on the DAB multiplex and will ensure that the local community is at the heart of our operation. "

Community, commercial, and aspiring radio services interested in broadcasting to Oldham & Rochdale are encouraged to send an expression of interest to info@synergydab.com or alternatively get in touch with us through the UK DAB Networks website.

More success for UK DAB Networks

19/07/21

Today, Ofcom awarded the Alnwick & Morpeth DAB multiplex to UK DAB Networks.

Ash Elford, Managing Director of UK DAB Networks said; "I'm excited to have been awarded the small scale DAB multiplex licence for Alnwick & Morpeth. I look forward to bringing a wide range of radio services to the area. Some of the polygon, particularly to the north, currently only gets BBC digital radio services. The Alnwick & Morpeth multiplex will mean for some the DAB selection goes from 10 to potentially 30 services for some listeners."

The award means that UK DAB Networks will hold more small scale DAB multiplexes than any other operator. These are:

  • Alnwick & Morpeth

  • Basingstoke

  • Inverclyde

  • Winchester

In addition, UK DAB Networks has worked closely with the following successful applicants.

  • Glasgow - Nation Digital Investments Ltd

  • Isles of Scilly - Like DAB Ltd

  • Salisbury - Muxcast One Ltd - a joint venture between Nation Broadcasting and BFBS

  • Welsh Valleys - GTfm - a local community radio broadcaster

UK DAB Networks looks forward to launching these multiplexes soon.

UK DAB Networks awarded Basingstoke multiplex

01/06/21

Ofcom has today awarded the Basingstoke small scale DAB multiplex licence to UK DAB Networks.

We look forward to bringing new digital radio services from broadcasters of all types to Basingstoke in the next year.

Success for UK DAB Networks

31/04/21

Ofcom has awarded the second batch of small scale DAB multiplex licences, with two being awarded to ourselves, UK DAB Networks!

  • Inverclyde

  • Winchester

As can be expected, we are very excited by the news and look forward to launching new small scale DAB multiplexes for Inverclyde and Winchester over the coming months.

To date, UK DAB Networks has been involved in five successful small scale DAB multiplex applications from the first round of long term licencing. We look forward to further news from Ofcom in the near future about the other applications we are associated with as either applicant or consultant.

UK DAB Networks celebrates first successful partnerships

18/02/21

Ofcom has awarded the first batch of small scale DAB multiplex licences to organisations that have worked closely with UK DAB Networks during the application process.

  • Salisbury - Muxcast One Ltd - a joint venture between Nation Broadcasting and BFBS

  • Glasgow - Nation Digital Investments Ltd - owned by Nation Broadcasting

  • Welsh Valleys - GTfm - a local community radio broadcaster

We look forward to helping these organisations launch their multiplexes over the coming months.

Nation Broadcasting & UK DAB Networks apply for DAB multiplexes

23/11/20

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.