DAB on its way to the Channel Islands
Digital radio could be coming to the channel islands in the near future.
The regulator, Ofcom, will be advertising the new service from early next year which will provide a route in to the digital spectrum for local radio stations.
At the moment the only DAB provider in the Channel Islands is the BBC National Multiplex.
Tindle Radio which owns Island FM in Guernsey and Channel 103 in Jersey will be teaming up with Folder Media with an application to run the multiplex next year.
James Keen, pan-island station director for Island FM and Channel 103, says Ofcom’s announcement is a welcome one.
‘With this additional multiplex, there is finally a route to digital for the islands’ local services as well as room for either more radio stations or higher quality existing stations.’
Managing director of Folder Media, Gregory Watson, is excited to be teaming up with Island FM and Channel 103.
‘Finally one of the last remaining areas of DAB “white space” in the British Isles will be covered,’ he said.
‘Whilst national BBC radio stations like BBC Radio 4 have been available for 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 stations on digital radio.’