Ofcom awards license for new DAB radio services in Doncaster to social enterprise

Doncaster-based Higher Rhythm have been successful in their bid to establish a digital audio broadcasting (DAB) multiplex service for Doncaster.

Doncaster-based not-for-profit music and media organisation Higher Rhythm, have been successful in their bid to communications regulator Ofcom, to establish a digital audio broadcasting (DAB) multiplex service for Doncaster.

A DAB multiplex is a system hosting many different radio stations, allowing each station to broadcast over DAB to the same area. Previously, DAB multiplexes have been licensed across large areas, such as counties. Ofcom are now offering licenses to run DAB multiplexes in smaller areas such as single cities.

Higher Rhythm, a social enterprise established in 2001 who also operate Sine FM, Doncaster’s community radio station, will hold the license for and run Doncaster DAB, Doncaster’s digital radio multiplex, which will allow existing and new radio stations to broadcast over DAB across the whole borough.

Higher Rhythm chief executive Steve Mundin, said: "Doncaster DAB will expand the choice of digital radio channels locally, providing media that’s more representative and relevant to the broadest range of local audiences. We already have commitments from existing Doncaster stations such as Sine FM, TX1 and TMCR, to join the multiplex, but we also have commitments from several new stations and stations from outside Doncaster, such as Vibe Yorkshire, and UK Asian station Radio Sangam. This is huge news for Doncaster and we can’t wait to get the system live”.

Alongside their radio broadcasting initiatives, Higher Rhythm also run recording studios, a record label, events promotions, music artist development programmes, courses and volunteering opportunities, all accessible to local people. The organisation is now inviting local groups who want to start their own radio station, to submit proposals for broadcasting through the last few available slots on the multiplex, via www.doncasterdab.com

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