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A Sound Start for Digital One

A new national radio station aimed at Children could be one of the new services on the national digital multiplex Digital One.

A blue-print for a new national network under the working title, Sound Start, has gone to the culture department [DCMS] and the children’s department [DCSF]; Ofcom; BBC Trustees and the Scottish Broadcasting Commission for consideration.

Leading child-care professionals say radio can solve listening and speaking problems in young children.

MP for Buckingham, John Bercow, was asked by DCSF Secretary, Ed Balls, and Health Secretary, Alan Johnson, to produce a substantial review of children and families affected by speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).

One part of Bercow’s proposal to help young people is to set up a national radio station using space available on Digital One. £52m has been pledged by the government to address his recommendations.

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