I’m pleased to be able to announce the launch of our first multiplex – for Wrexham, Chester and Liverpool in November 2012. Clearly, this has taken a little longer than we hoped. At the point we applied for the licence we didn’t necessarily expect a global financial crisis, ownership changes for the vast majority of UK radio stations and the long-running industry discussions between Ofcom, Government, the BBC and the radio groups.
I would hope that you would believe me when I say that the frustration has been felt most keenly in this office, as launching multiplexes is what we want to do!
We’ve announced an initial list of services for this mutliplex, we hope that we’ll be able to add to it over the coming months. We’re talking with many potential operators, but are always keen to hear from more. You can email me, email@example.com, if you would like more information.
You’ll be able to follow more of the multiplex’s progress here and we’ve also created a twitter account for it as well – @MuxCoWCL.
We don’t have any news to announce about the other multiplexes at the moment, but we’ll update the blog as soon as we do.
The picture here is Gregory signing the 12 year transmission contract for Wrexham, Chester and Liverpool:
We issued this press release this morning:
MuxCo announces launch plans for a New DAB Digital Radio Multiplex serving Liverpool, Cheshire and North Wales
MuxCo today (23 April) announces its launch plans for the new DAB Digital Radio multiplex that will serve Liverpool, Cheshire and North Wales from November 2012.
Using transmitters at Moel-y-Parc, Wrexham Rhos and St.John’s Beacon, the multiplex will serve around 1.8m adults (15+) enabling a range of existing and new services to broadcast on DAB Digital Radio.
The multiplex will broadcast BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru, 107.6 Juice FM, Real Radio and Dee 106.3, allowing these existing services to both broadcast in digital quality and be heard by a wider audience than can currently hear them on FM Radio. The multiplex launch will also see Nation Radio become Wales’ second national commercial station as it moves into the north of the country for the first time.
The launch of the multiplex means there’s also space for new radio stations to broadcast across the area. All that prospective operators need to do is visit www.muxco.com for more information.
Gregory Watson, Managing Director at MuxCo, said “We’re excited that some of the area’s favourite stations and some new radio choices are going to be available for listeners across Liverpool, Cheshire and North Wales. Half the country listens to stations on digital radio each week, we’re pleased that listeners can now tune in to stations on digital radio locally from November.”
fantastic news matt looking forward to test trammsions will i be able to get it in north wales and which transmitter willl it be served from? please let me know.
Hi Declan, all the details are here: hhttp://www.muxco.com/multiplexes/wrexham-chester-and-liverpool/ – we’d hope to start tests in late October.
Good news – but what’s happened to Shuffle?
For the moment, it’s been Shuffled. More to be announced later.
Great news Matt! Well done to the team, having worked for Dee and Juice at the time of the licesnse reward, this is exciting!
Sad that the local stalwarts Marcher & Buzz have closed as it may well have included those had they not become Heart. It would have been good to include Champion for real extra choice, but now that’s not available, Heart Cymru with its extra welsh language shows and music in the daytime would be good for this multiplex.
Thanks for the update.
Will this multiplex eventually be extended to North West Wales, as outlined in Ofcom’s consultation document?
Hi Mark – we’re still looking at that or whether it’ll be its own stand-alone multiplex.
Great news about Juice, any chance of getting city, city talk and BBC radio merseyside as well?
Hi Gaz, best thing to do is to contact those stations directly and ask them to broadcast on the multiplex.
And Muxco still sits on the Lincolnshire DAB licence. Lets face it, they have NO intention of broadcasting on it.
Hi Mark, i’d hope that the fact we’ve just announced the launch of one would suggest that the others were to follow. We absolutely have the intention of launching the Lincolnshire multiplex.
Maybe it’s just there as part of the portfolio so that the company can flog on at profit later? If Muxco had any honour they would give back these multiplexes and let someone else take them over.
Hello, and this is indeed great news! However what of the Hereford Gloucester and Worcester service, and why as none of the footprint for this multiplex is actually in Wales (not even western parts of Herefordshire are covered due to the terrain) is Nation Radio included. Will be absolutely no use to have a Welsh local station in Bromsgrove or Worcester!!! Thanks, Dave.