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Ofcom to investigate Celador’s DAB decision

Radio regulator Ofcom is to officially investigate Celador’s decision to remove Fire Radio from DAB in Bournemouth.

The licence for Fire was renewed in 2010 for 12 years, on the condition that a DAB service is provided on the Bournemouth multiplex throughout the relevant licence term.

Recently, Celador has been removing its stations from DAB, but this is the first to be bound by section 104A of the Broadcasting Act 1990.

An Ofcom spokesperson told RadioToday: “Following the removal of the Fire Radio service from the Bournemouth multiplex, we have launched an investigation into Celador Radio Ltd’s compliance with its licence conditions, which require it to do all that it can to broadcast a DAB service on the Bournemouth multiplex”.

Potential outcomes of the investigation could include the revoking of the licence due to a breach, or full re-advertisement.

Celador had no comment to make when contacted by RadioToday.

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