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Muxco Mid and West Wales

Thursday, 27th March 2008 (updated 5th Jan 2009)
MuxCo take DAB to West Wales

MuxCo is lining up simulcasts of Radio Pembrokeshire, Radio Carmarthenshire, BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru for the West Wales region, following its successful award of a DAB digital radio licence for the area.

MuxCo Lincolnshire plan to bring new current and classic hits service Wales Live to the area when the multiplex launches in July 2009 [5th Jan 2009: MuxCo now propose "by early 2010"].

A number of downloadable podcasts are also in the pipeline. The set of services are due to launch in Spring 2010.

The licence advertisement reserved two DAB blocks - 12D in Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire and 10C in Ceredigion and Powys. The block 10C will not currently be used.

MuxCo are proposing four transmitters across Swansea (Kilvey Hill), Carmarthen (Carmel), Cardigan (Preseli) and Fishguard. The Kilvey Hill and Fishguard transmitters are planned to launch within 2 years of the multiplex switch-on.

No transmitters are yet planned to cover Powys due to the difficulties in providing coverage to the area without having to install a large number of transmitters.

MuxCo Mid and West Wales

  • BBC Radio Cymru : news, information and music

  • BBC Radio Wales : news, information and music

  • Radio Pembrokeshire : current and classic hits for the county

  • Radio Carmarthenshire : current and classic hits for the county

  • Wales Live : current and classic hits, regional news and information


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 City of Lincoln and beyond.

Channelfly produce one of the UKs 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.

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 Oxfordshire residents.

Sabras Radio broadcast on DAB in Leicester and London, as well as online. They are keen to develop local podcasts for specific areas and are keen to launch one for the areas Asian population.

Sunrise broadcast a number of Asian services, and will broadcast their broad Sunrise Asian service on Channel 4s national multiplex. 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.

There were no other applicants to operate the DAB licence.

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