BFBS Launches Small-Scale DAB Multiplex
BFBS is one of ten stations to be awarded a nine-month trial licence by Ofcom and has now launched the small-scale DAB multiplex in the Woking area.
The multiplex service broadcasts BFBS Aldershot, BFBS Beats and BFBS Gurkha Service – a Nepali language service – in addition to The Breeze, Radio Caroline and Radio Woking.
“We are excited to have been awarded one of only ten small-scale temporary DAB licences in the UK,” said Nick Beer, Regional General Manager for BFBS Technology.
“This technical trial increases connectivity for our Gurkha service and allows us to reach the wider military and veteran communities living in Hampshire and Surrey. Whilst this is a trial for a fixed period of time, we hope that this will become a permanent service in the future.”
The new service can be found by rescanning your DAB radios. To find out how to retune your radio click here.
BFBS would also like feedback about the coverage of this most recent addition to BFBS Radio’s output on digital radio in the UK.Listeners’ comments about where they are able to hear the channel – or any difficulties they are having in tuning in – can be sent through BFBS Radio on Facebook or Twitter @bfbs or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ford Ennals, CEO, Digital Radio UK, said: “We welcome the start of the local DAB trial for Aldershot and Woking and encourage listeners in the area to rescan their DAB radios to get these new stations.
“This is great news for listeners as it brings them a great selection of local radio stations on DAB for the next nine months and it’s great news for UK radio as this trial breaks new ground by enabling stations from all sectors of the radio industry, including community, student, and local stations to find a path to DAB in the future.”
BFBS Radio is available on DAB digital radio in the UK, on FM in the UK, on FM across the forces world, on Sky Channel 0211, Freesat Channel 786, online at www.bfbs.com and via the free BFBS smartphone app.
BFBS Gurkha Radio is available on AM in nine locations across the UK, on FM in Nepal, Brunei, Falkland Islands and Afghanistan and online at www.bfbs.com and via the free BFBS smartphone app.