MuxCo was the Folder team’s first project – with new local commercial multiplexes being advertised by Ofcom, could we form consortia to bid for, and win these licences?
Each MuxCo multiplex was designed to have participation from the operators of the small radio stations in each market, whilst capacity would be offered to the larger heritage station.
The idea was successful with 10 of the 13 multiplexes won by MuxCo consortia.
MuxCo Ltd is now a joint-venture with Arqiva. It has shareholdings in the local multiplex companies which now have a variety of joint-venture partners including Bauer, Nation Radio, Dee Radio Group, Murfin Media and Triple Media.
Folder Media manages the day-to-day operations of the MuxCo multiplex network. It also manages two multiplexes operated by Nation Radio, also branded, under licence, under the MuxCo banner.
MuxCo continues to grow and we have recently applied for a multiplex covering the Channel Islands and look forward to submitting an application in Cumbria too.