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Thursday, 27th March 2008
MuxCo heads south for next DAB multiplex application

MuxCo has linked up with UKRD, operators of 96.4 Eagle Radio and County Sound, to bring local DAB digital radio services to the counties of Surrey and West Sussex. Southern parts of West Sussex are already covered by a separate multiplex, but the new licence aims to cover northern parts of the county.

GCap Media's 102.7 Mercury FM and modern rock station NME Radio have also been lined up for the multiplex. NME Radio is also proposing a podcast on the second national DAB digital radio multiplex.

The area's BBC station - BBC Southern Counties Radio - will also be carried on the multiplex.

MuxCo Surrey and Northern Sussex plan to bring new services - Easy Radio, a laid-back easy listening, rock and blues station, chart, dance and rock tracks station Shuffle and rolling roads information service Traffic Radio - to the area when the multiplex launches by July 2009.

A number of downloadable podcasts are also in the pipeline.

MuxCo are proposing four transmitters at Guildford, Reigate, Crawley and Leatherhead. A potential two further transmitter locations have been identified at Crystal Palace and Crowborough.

MuxCo Surrey and Northern Sussex

  • BBC Southern Counties Radio : news, information and music

  • 96.4 Eagle Radio : current and classic hits for Guildford

  • County Sound : classic hits for Horsham, Reigate and Haselmere

  • 102.7 Mercury FM : current and classic hits for Surrey

  • NME Radio : modern rock music

  • Shuffle : chart, dance and rock tracks with listener-generated content

  • Easy Radio : easy listening music including rock, blues and folk

  • Traffic Radio : rolling traffic news service


MuxCo has also outlined their podcast plans:

ITN On - a news and information service. The service will initially be audio, but as technology develops ITN wish to review opportunities for video.

Itchy Media (who produce Itchy Guides for major centres across the UK) - a dedicated guide for the two counties.

Channelfly produce one of the UK’s biggest music magazines (The Fly), manage bands like Franz Ferdinand and the Kaiser Chiefs and operate a large network of music venues (The Barfly). Already a podcast producer, The Fly Podcast will bring a great music service to the area.

Totallyradio is an internet delivered specialist music service. Covering genres from hip hop to nu jazz, their material will include a range of specialist music created by their producers as well as local talent.

Headliners (formerly Children’s Express) is a charity that encourages learning through journalism. They act as a news agency with young people writing and recording their own stories for broadcast. DAB podcasts will be an excellent opportunity for local children to get their stories on the air.

Passion for the Planet are a DAB operator that are keen to expand but need to do at an appropriate rate. Their podcast will include best of material from their existing services with local features of interest to Surrey and North Sussex residents.

Sabras Radio are keen to develop local podcasts for specific areas and are keen to launch one for the local Asian population.

Sunrise are keen to develop their youth Asian focused service, Yarr, through podcasts in markets were the potential audience size is not sufficient to maintain a full service.

University of Surrey’s Student Radio Station – GU2 and the Calvary Chapel in Twickenham are also interested in providing podcasts for download over the DAB airwaves.

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