The independent Dee Radio Group has announced its plans for Ofcom’s first round of small-scale DAB licensing which opens this September.
The Group is part of Leeds DAB Radio Ltd. which has been set up to apply for the licence to operate a new multiplex in the city. The new company brings together Dee Group, Leeds community radio station, Fever FM and small-scale Trial operator, Niocast Digital, combining an unrivalled range of specialist skills, local knowledge and radio experience.
“Collaboration is a cornerstone of our strategy, with all local stakeholders fully participating in the operation of their multiplex” says Dee Radio Group’s CEO, Chris Hurst. “There’s been a great response from the community sector, and we look forward to working with stations in each area to provide an affordable pathway to digital for Community Radio”.
Jabbar Karim, CEO of Fever FM is a key member of the team and he is excited by the prospect of a new phase for his station, “Fever has been an outstanding success and small-scale DAB will allow us to further develop the brand in ways which weren’t possible on a single channel. It will also be wonderful to welcome additional community services to our City.”
Niocast Digital operates the small-scale DAB multiplex in Manchester, one of ten across the UK taking part in a national trial of the new system. Niocast has also run successful trials in Dublin and Cork making it one of the most experienced operators of small-scale DAB.
Anyone interested in adding their service to the Leeds DAB ensemble is invited to make contact via the website.