Admitting that DAB had not been a good platform for small scale radio so far, Peter Davies, Director of Content and Policy at Ofcom, has announced the start of a consultation next week which will give stations the opportunity to go on DAB for a period of nine months.
“There are around 150 small scale radio and 200 or more community radio stations and for them the existing multiplex structure just doesn’t work. “We want to give those stations a chance to go digital, and we’d like to see community and commercial stations working together,” he said.
Ofcom will provide equipment, but not operating and installation costs. Once a station has been awarded a trial, they will be expected to be on-air within 12 months.
More details will be announced next week.
DTG Staff | 15.10.2014