A local media company has been awarded a license to establish a new network of DAB digital radio transmitters for Exeter.
ExeDAB – set up by commercial station Radio Exe in conjunction with community radio station Phonic from Exeter and community station Riviera FM from Torbay – faced competition from Greater Manchester-based company LikeDAB.
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 a second 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 via DAB via the company. It has a waiting list for anyone interested in streaming when it launches.
ExeDAB will now enter into discussions with Ofcom to finalize its transmission plans before it can install the proposed transmitters. It also has a tentative deal for two other transmitters to cover Crediton and Cranbrook at a later stage.
Dr David Treharne, Chairman of ExeDAB, said: “The hard work begins now, and we hope to launch the service in early 2022. A suite of new radio stations are 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 app.”
Exeter Chiefs, Exeter City Council, Exeter City Football Club, Exeter Community Centre, Exeter Science Park, Exeter College and Exeter University were part of organizations supporting ExeDAB, alongside MPs Ben Bradshaw, Simon Jupp and Kevin Foster.
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