12 September 2000
RADIO AUTHORITY RECEIVES ONE APPLICATION FOR HUMBERSIDE DIGITAL MULTIPLEX LICENCE
The Radio Authority's closing date for receipt of applications for the local digital multiplex service licence for the Humberside area was today (12 September). This licence is designed to deliver digital radio programming and data services potentially to an area with an adult (aged 15+) population of up to around 700,000.
One application has been submitted, from:
EMAP DIGITAL RADIO LTD. - Emap Performance Ltd., Mappin House, 4 Winsley Street, London W1N 7AR (contact: Tim Schoonmaker, 020 7312 8225; or Shaun Gregory, 0114 285 3333).
Emap Digital Radio Ltd. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Emap Performance Ltd.
The applicant is proposing to broadcast a total of eight programme services in the Humberside area, each provided initially on a round-the-clock basis:
In addition to these commercial services, the BBC local radio service, Radio Humberside, will be broadcast using the digital capacity reserved for it.
The applicant proposes to commence its service in December 2001, using two transmission sites, at High Hunsley and Bridlington, which it estimates will provide ‘outdoor coverage’ of some 86% of the adult population of the Humberside 'primary protected area' (PPA). It proposes to extend coverage subsequently by the addition of transmissions from Grimsby and Scunthorpe (Trent View Flats), increasing ‘outdoor coverage’ to an estimated 97% of the PPA population.
The applicant's proposals (other than financial and technical information which has been submitted in confidence) are available for study by the public in Hull Central Library and Grimsby Central Library, and at the Authority's offices in London. The Authority invites representations from the public on the proposals put forward by the applicant and upon the requirements of listeners. These should be sent in writing to the Director of Development, The Radio Authority, Holbrook House, 14 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5DG, to arrive by 23 October 2000. The Authority hopes to announce its decision about the award of this licence towards the end of the year.
The application for the licence will be considered according to factors specified in section 51 of the Broadcasting Act 1996, which are:
The licence has been advertised to run initially for a period of twelve years from the commencement of broadcasting.
A non-refundable application fee of £5,000 has been paid by the applicant.
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