Ofcom set to advertise new DAB muxes

UK media regulator Ofcom will advertise the new digital audio broadcasting (DAB) multiplex in November, it announced yesterday.

A local DAB multiplex licence will be advertised each month after that for 12 months.

Last December Ofcom said it would release three blocks of VHF Band III spectrum to fill gaps in local digital radio multiplex coverage, taking DAB to every part of the UK.

Further spectrum would be released creating a further national commercial multiplex, prompting an angry response from GCap Media, the majority shareholder of existing national commercial multiplex operator Digital One.

The regional timetable is: Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire (December, 2006); Derbyshire (January, 2007); Wrexham and Chester (February); Herefordshire and Worcestershire (March); Northamptonshire (April); Oxfordshire (May); York and Scarborough (June); Gloucestershire (July); Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire (August); Guildford (September); Reigate and Crawley (October); Lincolnshire (November).

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