Local DAB has arrived in Lincolnshire, with a new MuxCo multiplex carrying the services of Lincs FM, Compass FM and BBC Radio Lincolnshire.
It’ll reach over 400,000 people via three new digital transmitters in Lincoln, Belmont and Grantham Barracks. MuxCo was the only applicant to provide the service back in 2007.
BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s digital service was switched-on at 8am this morning when the Mayor of Lincoln, Andy Kerry pressed a big green switch signalling for the digital transmission to start.
Charlie Partridge, BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s Editor says: “It is good to be able to add DAB digital radio to our FM and AM frequencies, we celebrate our 35th birthday in November and this is proof that BBC Radio Lincolnshire continues to move with the times. The most frequently asked question we are asked is “When will you be on DAB?” and finally we have the answer: Now!”
BBC Radio Lincs Editor Charlie Partridge, Mayor of Lincoln, Andy Kerry, Ford Ennals, County Cllr Richard Davis and BBC Radio Lincs presenters Alan Stenett and Paul Russell.
Here are more quotes from the switch-on:
Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy: “I welcome the big switch-on in Lincolnshire and wish BBC Radio Lincolnshire and the excellent local commercial radio stations great success on DAB. We believe that the future of radio is digital and are pleased to play our part in supporting the major expansion of DAB digital radio coverage across the UK.”
Ford Ennals, CEO of Digital Radio UK: “This is great news for radio and great news for listeners in Lincoln who can now listen to their favourite local stations on DAB for the first time. Many homes in the area already have a DAB radio and we would encourage these to retune their radios to make sure they pick up the local BBC and commercial digital radio stations.”
And Gregory Watson, Managing Director of MuxCo: “As well as the existing local stations, MuxCo Lincolnshire offers the ability for community and new radio stations to easily launch on DAB across the whole county. Taken together, this is great news for Lincolnshire’s radio listeners”.