Channel Islands commercial radio station operator Tindle CI Broadcasting has welcomed Ofcom’s announcement that a local commercial digital radio (DAB) multiplex is to be advertised for Jersey and Guernsey.
This will be the first time Ofcom has advertised a local radio multiplex for the Channel Islands, and will offer local stations like Channel 103, Island FM, BBC Radio Jersey and BBC Radio Guernsey a path to digital radio for the first time.
Currently, the only DAB provider for the Channel Islands is the BBC National Multiplex.
Tindle CI Broadcasting has confirmed that it will be teaming up with digital radio specialisats Folder Media to apply for the multiplex, which will be advertised by Ofcom early in 2019.
James Keen, Pan Island Station Director for Channel 103 and Island FM said, “We welcome today’s announcement that Ofcom will be advertising a local radio multiplex for the Channel Islands.
“With this additional multiplex, there is finally a route to digital for the islands’ local services as welll as room for either more radio stations or higher quality existing stations.”
Gregory Watson, Managing Director at Folder Media, “We’re excited to be teaming up with the owners of Channel 103 and Island FM to apply for this multiplex – finally one of the last remaning areas of DAB ‘white space’ in the British Isles will be covered.
“Whilst national BBC radio stations like BBC Radio 4 have been available to the Channel Islands on digital radio for a number of years, this will be the first opportunity that listeners to local radio will be able to hear their favourite station on digital radio.”
At the same time, Ofcom has extended Channel 103 and Island FM’s licences until October 2020 to enable the local radio multiplex to be advertised and awarded.