National DAB multiplex Digital One has been granted a 12-year extension to its licence by Ofcom.
It means the commercial radio service, owned by Arqiva, will continue until at least November 2023.
Glyn Jones, Operations Director at Digital One told RadioToday.co.uk: “Digital One is pleased to confirm that Ofcom has granted a renewal of the national radio multiplex licence and we remain committed to expanding and developing digital radio in the UK.”
Digital One went live on 15 November 1999, originally joint owned by GWR Group, NTL Broadcast and Talk Radio. Global Radio sold their stake in the multiplex in April 2009 to NTL’s successor Arqiva.
As well as the three original INR analogue stations – Classic, talkSPORT and Absolute – D1 currently carries Jazz FM, Planet Rock, Smooth, Amazing, BFBS, Premier, UCB and Absolute’s brand extensions 80s, 90s and Extra.
Ofcom has also given 12-year licence extensions to C.E. Digital’s multiplexes operating in Birimgham, Manchester and London (Greater London I), as well as Bauer’s Glasgow multiplex and the Greater London II multiplex operated by Switch Digital. Their licences now all run to May/June 2024.