Digital Radio UK and the automotive industry today welcomed Ofcom’s advertisement for the second national commercial network of radio stations on DAB.
Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Communications and the Creative Industries, said: “We also want people to be able to choose from the widest choice of national commercial radio stations, like Classic FM. But that isn’t possible at the moment, because our current national commercial multiplex is full. To address that, Ofcom will offer the licence to build and run a second national commercial multiplex (D2).”
Ford Ennals, CEO of Digital Radio UK, says: “We welcome the advertisement by Ofcom for this new national network of stations on DAB as this will increase the additional station choice on DAB and could lead to further innovation and creativity.”
The winner of the second national multiplex, which could include DAB+ sevices, will be announced by the end of the year.
Siobhan Kenny, CEO of RadioCentre, says: “More commercial stations are good for listeners in a growing radio advertising market.”
Mike Hawes, CEO of Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, says: “Drivers are taking to digital radio in ever greater numbers. Over half of all new cars sold now come with digital radio as standard and, with a range of affordable after-market products now available, all drivers will be able to enjoy the wider range of stations now available on this ever-expanding network.”