Bid for DAB

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A new collaborative community interest company, Wight Digital Radio CIC, has announced its intention to bid for the new DAB radio multiplex licence covering the Isle of Wight.

The licence is currently being advertised by Ofcom with any new services likely to be on-air in 2025.

Wight Digital Radio is made up of The Island’s long-established commercial station, Isle of Wight Radio, and local community radio station Vectis Radio.

Isle of Wight Radio is part of the Total Sense Media Group, gaining a monthly audience of 60,000 listeners* and has been broadcasting to the Island for nearly 34 years.

Vectis Radio, an Ofcom licenced community station, launched as an online-only station on 23 January 2010 and began broadcasting on FM on 4 November 2017.

Vectis Radio is home to the 4Ps project, an award-winning initiative to help young people develop their confidence, communication skills and self-esteem.

The team at Wight Digital Radio said:

“We have the perfect ingredients to run a successful radio multiplex for the Isle of Wight: the local knowledge, deep rooted community connections, a strong commercial track record and considerable experience of digital radio technology.

“Our proposed service will have the capacity to bring more than twenty new and existing radio stations to DAB, delivering a choice of creative content to vibrant and loyal radio audience on the Island.

“If you have, or are thinking of launching, a commercial or community radio service on the Isle of Wight support our bid by registering your interest now, we’d be happy to talk you through the process.”

Full contact details can be found at www.wightdigitalradio.co.uk

Written by: Ian Mac

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