143/01

5 October 2001

Radio Authority awards local digital multiplex licence for Bradford & Huddersfield

The Radio Authority announced today (5 October) that it has decided, after considering the proposals submitted by the sole applicant for the local digital multiplex service licence for the Bradford & Huddersfield area, to award the licence to:

TWG DIGITAL (THE WIRELESS GROUP HOLDINGS LTD.) -

18 Hatfields, London SE1 8DJ (contact: Phil Seddon, 020 7959 7900).

 

TWG Digital is wholly owned by The Wireless Group Holdings Ltd.

The licence is designed potentially to deliver digital radio programming and data services to an area with an adult (aged 15+) population of up to around 820,000.

TWG Digital is proposing to broadcast the following commercial programme services:

Current chart hits

The Pulse (provider: The Wireless Group plc)

Classic pop hits

Big AM (provider: The Wireless Group plc)

Asian

Sunrise FM (provider: Sunrise Radio Ltd.)

60s, 70s, 80s / adult
contemporary

Provider: to be advertised

Music from films and shows

Flix (provider: Infinity Media Ltd.)

Young Asian

Provider: Asian Sound Ltd.

Club and pop dance

Kiss (provider: Emap Performance Ltd.)

In addition to these commercial services, there is a requirement for capacity to be reserved for the existing BBC local radio service, BBC Radio Leeds.

TWG Digital proposes to commence broadcasting its services in September 2002. The licence will run initially for a period of twelve years from the commencement of broadcasting.

The Authority will shortly be publishing its assessment of TWG Digital's application for the Bradford & Huddersfield licence.

ENDS

NOTES TO EDITORS

  1. The services will be transmitted on the VHF band III frequency block 11B (centre-frequency 218.640 MHz).
  2. The application for the licence was considered according to factors specified in section 51 of the Broadcasting Act 1996, which are: the extent of coverage proposed, within the permitted maximum; the timetable by which this will be achieved; the ability of the applicant to establish the proposed service and maintain it throughout the licence period; the extent to which the proposed programme services will cater for the tastes and interests of listeners in the area; the broadening of local digital radio choice; local support for the applicant's proposals; and whether the applicant has been fair in contracting with the prospective providers of programme and data services on the multiplex.
  3. Digital radio is a new transmission system which provides the listener with bundles (called multiplexes) of audio services to new portable and vehicle receivers, and personal computers, with unprecedentedly clear reception. Being digital, it can also broadcast data services which may or may not be related to the radio programmes; e.g. traffic information, electronic publishing, and internet-type information.
  4. The Authority has already awarded a national (i.e. covering Great Britain) digital radio multiplex licence, to Digital One Ltd., whose services are available in this area.
  5. The Radio Authority is responsible for licensing and regulating Independent Radio in accordance with the statutory requirements of the Broadcasting Acts 1990 and 1996. It plans frequencies, awards licences, regulates programming and advertising, and plays an active role in the discussion and formulation of policies which affect the Independent Radio industry and its listeners.

 

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