The first 25 small-scale DAB radio multiplex licences are being advertised today by Ofcom.
Applicants now have 12 weeks to prepare and submit applications, while stations wanting a Community Digital Sound Programme (C-DSP) licence to broadcast in one of the areas can also apply for a licence.
The first small scale multiplex licences are expected to be awarded early in 2021.
The list of multiplex licence areas being advertised are:
- Alnwick & Morpeth
- Clevedon, Avonmouth & Filton
- Dudley & Stourbridge
- East Bristol, Mangotsfield & Keynsham
- Isles of Scilly
- Kings Lynn
- Newcastle & Gateshead
- North Birmingham
- Sheffield & Rotherham
- South Birmingham
- Tynemouth & South Shields
- Welsh valleys
The second round of multiplex licences will be advertised next year and will cover areas in north-west England and north east Wales.