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Sunday, 5th November 2006
Timetable for next round of local and national DAB digital radio multiplexes announced

The media regulator Ofcom has published a timetable for the next round of DAB digital multiplex licences. Typically, it takes around a year-and-a-half between the date of the licence advertisement and the actual launch date of the multiplex following the formal licence award.

November 06 The second Great Britain-wide national commercial DAB digital radio licence

December 06 Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire local DAB digital radio licence. This includes the areas of Luton and Milton Keynes and space on the multiplex is reserved for BBC Three Counties Radio.

January 07 Derbyshire local DAB digital radio licence. This includes Derby, parts of East Staffordshire and Staffordshire Moorlands districts, including Burton-upon-Trent. Space on the multiplex is reserved for BBC Radio Derby.

February 07 Wrexham and Chester local DAB digital radio licence. This licence area includes Flintshire, most of Wrexham, the western part of Cheshire, including the districts of Chester, Ellesmere Port and Neston, as well as the Wirral district of Merseyside. Space on the multiplex is reserved for BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru.

March 07 Herefordshire and Worcestershire local DAB digital radio licence. Space on the multiplex is reserved for BBC Hereford and Worcester.

April 07 Northamptonshire local DAB digital radio licence. Space on the multiplex is reserved for BBC Radio Northampton.

May 07 Oxfordshire local DAB digital radio licence. Space on the multiplex is reserved for BBC Radio Oxford.

June 07 York and Scarborough local DAB digital radio licence. The licence area includes the eastern part of North Yorkshire, the City of York, and northern districts of the East Riding of Yorkshire. Space on the multiplex is reserved for BBC Radio York.

July 07 Gloucestershire local DAB digital radio licence. Space on the multiplex is reserved for BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

August 07 Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshirel local DAB digital radio licence. Space on the multiplex is reserved for BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru.

September 07 Guildford area DAB digital radio licence. This area includes the county of Surrey, together with the Rushmoor district, parts of the Hart and East Hampshire districts of Hampshire, and parts of the Chichester district of West Sussex. Space on the multiplex is reserved for BBC Southern Counties Radio.

October 07 Reigate and Crawley area DAB digital radio licence. The coverage area will include eastern parts of the county of Surrey south of the M25, the Crawley district of West Sussex, parts of Horsham and Mid Sussex and parts of the Lewes and Wealden districts of East Sussex. Space on this multiplex is reserved for BBC Southern Counties Radio.

November 07 A local DAB digital radio licence serving most of the county of Lincolnshire. It includes the areas of North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire, but will not cover the South Holland district nor the South Kesteven district. Space on this multiplex is reserved for BBC Radio Lincolnshire.

Up to ten radio stations, comprising of existing services on FM and new digital-only stations, will be available at time of launch of each new DAB digital radio multiplex. Interested parties will be invited to submit applications to Ofcom, who will award licences following the application process.


                           

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