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Call for Ramadan Services for DAB

We are interested in hearing from anyone who would like to operate a Ramadan service on the following DAB multiplexes during June and July 2014:

Interested parties are invited to answer this questionnaire, after which we will discuss opportunities to contract for capacity for up to 28 days on each available multiplex.

Please fill in the questionnaire by 5pm on 31st March 2014

All contracts for capacity are subject to the availability of suitable capacity on each multiplex.  If there are multiple expressions of interest, and more demand for capacity than is available, we will select services on the basis of ability to enter a standard carriage contract rather than first come basis.

We intend to notify interest parties in April.

Any questionnaire submissions that are received after the date specified above, will still be considered for a licence, but subject to capacity availability.

The fee to broadcast on any of the multiplexes will be £2,000+VAT for the 28 days, subject to contract, and you will be required to get your signal to the multiplex centre (which we can describe in more detail after submission of the form).

All successful service providers are reminded that they will need to hold the necessary DSP licence from Ofcom and comply with the requirements of the Ofcom Broadcasting Code, in particular if they wish to broadcast charity appeals and must take reasonable steps to satisfy itself that the charity appeal organisation concerned can produce satisfactory evidence of charitable status, or, in the case of an emergency appeal, that a responsible public fund has been set up to deal with it.   Further details can be found at:

If you have any questions about this opportunity please contact [email protected]

Surrey Multiplex – Christmas Eve

The bad weather has resulted in some serious problems with the London network of transmitters which has resulted in lots of problems with radio reception in London – for us it means Reigate being off (from around 3am this morning).  Guildford was also affected by a mains failure around the same time, which is now resolved.  Crystal Palace has been on throughout.  

As a consequence of all of this, it is possible you have experienced problems with reception.

Engineers are working on the London ring which will restore Reigate – we don’t have an ETA at the moment but outages of this nature are taken extremely seriously so we hope it won’t be too much longer.

Update: This is now resolved and Surrey is back to normal.

Multiplex Update – 3rd December 2013

Greg and Nicky after this week's catch-up with Arqiva.

Greg and Nicky after this week’s catch-up with Arqiva.

Here are a few updates:


The last of the transmitter work will take place tonight (3rd/4th December).  Following this the telemetry will be commissioned and once we have updated Ofcom, the barker audio should be going out by  the weekend.  We are hopeful that live audio will be running from Monday.

Herefordshire & Worcestershire

Bromsgrove should be ready to join the network on the official launch – 6th December 2013.


Our additional transmitter at Cirencester is now live.  Icomb Hill should be ready to join the network by the 6th December 2013.