MuxCo is a joint-venture between Arqiva and Folder Media and was created to bid for new DAB Digital Licences across the country. In each area MuxCo partners with other media companies to collectively bid for each licence. The shareholders vary from area to area depending on who would like to be involved.
This may sound a little complicated but it means that local radio stations can benefit from partly owning their local multiplex. This reduces their costs, and for many, is the only way for them to be able to afford to broadcast on DAB Digital Radio. Folder Media will then manage each of the local multiplexes on the shareholders behalf, letting them concentrate on building their own radio businesses
Folder Media is a collection of individuals and organistations with an interest in DAB Digital Radio. It’s first three employees were Gregory Watson, Deanna Hallett and Matt Deegan and it was created at the beginning of 2007. Today Folder provides consultancy and services to radio stations across Europe, operates the children’s radio station Fun Kids and leads the development of MuxCo.
Gregoryhas huge experience of local digital radio having been GCap’s Group Corporate Development Director. He co-wrote Digital One’s original licence application and created NOWdigital, GCap’s local multiplex network. He also sat on the board’s of MXR and CE Digital.
Deanna has been involved in more successful FM and Digital licences than anyone else in the country. As the Managing Director of Hallett Arendt she works with radio stations across all types of research and additionally provides training for UK radio groups.
Matt is one of the leading voices chronicling radio’s development from an analogue to a digital medium. He’s the Programme Director of Fun Kids and helps advise radio and media companies.
Arqiva (formerly National Grid Wireless)
With more than 80 years of broadcast engineering and operations experience, and more than 20 years of wireless communications infrastructure experience, Arqiva is an acknowledged leader in the design, deployment, ownership and operation of advanced communications and broadcast networks.
Arqiva’s Terrestrial Broadcast division provides transmission for all UK terrestrial TV broadcasters, including the new networks being built for the Digital Switch Over. Transmission is also provided for BBC Radio and most commercial radio stations, both analogue and DAB. The company owns and operates two of the six UK digital terrestrial TV multiplexes, enabling major media companies to bring their TV and radio services to Freeview.
You can find out about each of the local shareholders in the applications section of the site.