A local media company has been granted a license to establish a new network of digital DAB radio transmitters for Exeter.
ExeDAB – set up by commercial station Radio Exe in conjunction with Exeter Phonic community radio station and Torbay Riviera FM community station – faced competition from LikeDAB, a Greater Manchester-based company.
However, broadcast regulator Ofcom has now announced that ExeDAB will be granted a seven-year license to operate the network.
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Two new radio transmitters, one in St Thomas and the other in Sandy Park, Exeter, will broadcast up to 25 digital radio stations, reaching around 82% of adults in the coverage area.
According to ExeDab, many stations have already announced that they will now transmit in DAB via the company. It has a waiting list for anyone interested to stream when it launches.
ExeDAB will now enter into discussions with Ofcom to finalize its transmission plans before it can install the proposed transmitters. He also has a tentative deal for two more issuers to cover Crediton and Cranbrook at a later stage.
Dr David Treharne, President of ExeDAB, said: “The hard work begins now and we hope to launch the service in early 2022. A series of new radio stations is expected to be integrated, while allowing existing local broadcasters to switch to digital radio. for the first time.
“We would like to thank all the people and organizations who have supported us. We are delighted that Ofcom has supported the local application.
Exeter Chiefs, Exeter City Council, Exeter City Football Club, Exeter Community Center, Exeter Science Park, Exeter College and the University of Exeter were among organizations supporting ExeDAB, as well as MPs Ben Bradshaw, Simon Jupp and Kevin Foster.
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