21 August 2001
Radio Authority receives one application for Bradford & Huddersfield digital multiplex licence
The Radio Authority's closing date for receipt of applications for the local digital multiplex service licence for the Bradford & Huddersfield area was today (21 August). This licence will deliver digital radio programming and data services potentially to an area with an adult (aged 15+) population of up to around 820,000.
One application has been submitted, from:
TWG DIGITAL (THE WIRELESS GROUP HOLDINGS LTD.) -
TWG Digital is wholly owned by The Wireless Group Holdings Ltd. The applicant is proposing to broadcast the following seven commercial programme services in the Bradford & Huddersfield area, each provided on a round-the-clock basis:
In addition to these commercial services, the existing BBC local radio service, BBC Radio Leeds, will be broadcast using the digital capacity reserved for it.
The applicant proposes to commence its service in September 2002, using three transmission sites, at Holme Moss, Westgate Hill and Keighley. It estimates that these will provide 'outdoor coverage' of 77.9% of the adult population of the Bradford & Huddersfield 'primary protected area' (PPA).
The applicant's proposals (other than financial and technical information which has been submitted in confidence) are available for study by the public in the reference sections of the main public libraries in Bradford and Huddersfield, 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 24 September 2001. The Authority hopes to announce its decision about the award of this licence in the Autumn.
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.
NOTES TO EDITORS