13 December 2002



Radio Authority awards local digital multiplex licence for Swansea

The Radio Authority announced today (13 December) that it has decided, after considering the proposals submitted by the sole applicant for the local digital multiplex service licence for the Swansea area, to award the licence to:

TWG EMAP DIGITAL LTD. - The Wireless Group plc, 18 Hatfields, London, SE1 8DJ (contact: Kelvin MacKenzie, 020 7959 7851)

The shareholders in TWG Emap Digital Ltd. are:

The Wireless Group plc 70.0%

Emap Digital Radio Ltd. 30.0%

The applicant is proposing to broadcast the following programme services, in addition to BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru:

Contemporary hit radio

The Wave (provider: The Wireless Group plc)

Adult contemporary

Swansea Sound (provider: The Wireless Group plc)


Kiss (provider: Emap Performance Ltd.)

Non-stop pop

Smash Hits (provider: Emap Performance Ltd.)

The following services would be added later in the licence period:


Provider: to be confirmed

Rock or country

Provider: to be confirmed

TWG Emap Digital proposes to commence its service in January 2004. 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 Emap Digital's application for the Swansea licence.



  1. The services will be transmitted on the VHF band III frequency block 12A (centre frequency: 223.936 MHz).
  2. 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.
  3. The Authority has already awarded a national (i.e. covering Great Britain) digital radio multiplex licence, to Digital One Ltd., and a regional multiplex licence for South Wales and the Severn Estuary, to MXR Ltd., whose services are also available in most of this local area.
  4. If an existing local radio station successfully secures a place on a local digital multiplex covering at least 25% of its area's population, it can apply to have its analogue licence renewed for a further eight years.
  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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