Community Radio Small Scale DAB Trials
Ofcom has announced plans for up to ten trials of small scale DAB across the UK. Each trial will allow new digital radio services to broadcast to a local area and will help explore how groups of radio stations can work together.
Currently, the cost of broadcasting on DAB radio is beyond the reach of many small radio stations. But a new approach means that small scale radio stations could start broadcasting on DAB radio for a fraction of current costs. The new approach is cheaper than current systems because it uses software freely available from opendigitalradio.org rather than relying on often expensive hardware equipment. Known as ‘small scale DAB’, it is best suited for broadcasting to small geographic areas, ideal for community and local radio stations.
Ofcom is today inviting applications to take part in the trials, which are expected to run for nine months. The deadline for applications is 3pm on 7 April 2015. If you want to apply and need help with your application then please call us