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Thursday, 22nd May 2008 (updated 5th Jan 2009)
MuxCo ensures sun doesn't set on DAB in Somerset

No less than five of Somerset's local radio stations, including BBC Somerset will be carried on the new local digi multiplex for the area, following the award of the local radio licence by the radio regulator, Ofcom.

MuxCo has teamed up with The Local Radio Company, operators of a large number of radio stations up and down the country, to bring local DAB digital radio services to Somerset.

The group is also proposing to bring easy listening music station Easy Radio to the area for the first time, alongside Christian broadcaster UBC and rolling roads and travel information service Traffic Radio.

A number of downloadable podcasts are also in the pipeline, when the multiplex launches in September 2009 [5th Jan 2009: MuxCo now propose "early 2010"].

MuxCo are proposing two transmitters at launch time at Mendip and Taunton, with Hutton and Yeovil Coker Hill to follow.

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  • BBC Somerset : news, information and music

  • Orchard FM : current and classic hits for Taunton & Yeovil

  • Star 107.7 : current and classic hits for Burnham-On-Sea and Weston-Super-Mare

  • Ivel FM : local radio for Yeovil

  • QuayWest : local radio for Bridgwater

  • UCB UK : music and religious programmes

  • 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 Somerset.

Channelfly produce one of the UK’s biggest music magazines and 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 Somerset 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 where the potential audience size is not sufficient to maintain a full service.

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Related links:
find radio stations in Somerset, on this website.
MuxCo website.
national BBC DAB radio stations, on this website.
national commercial radio stations, on this website.
guide to DAB digital radio, on this website.
DAB digital radio portables and receivers
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Handheld/personal/pocket DAB radios
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