Local DAB multiplex operator MuxCo is to launch a new local digital radio multiplex serving North West Wales, Chester and Merseyside in November. The company has signed a 12 year transmission contract to bring the service to 1.8 million adults in the area.
The move will expand digital coverage of Wales-wide radio stations, currently only available in South Wales on DAB to the North East of the principality, plus giving them coverage extending in to Merseyside. The new multiplex will be the first brand new local multiplex since rollout of local DAB services froze before the recession and before various radio stations changed ownership.
Stations to be included on "MuxCo Wrexham, Chester and Liverpool" include Real Radio Wales (the Northwest version is already available in the area on DAB from England), BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru, 107.6 Juice FM and Dee 106.3 plus South Wales station "Nation Radio", which took over the Xfm licence in and around Cardiff.
MuxCo will use the TV transmitter site at Moel-Y-Parc, complimented by a further site at Wrexham-Rhos and a site over the border in England - St Johns Beacon in Liverpool.
Commenting on the forthcoming launch, Gregory Watson, Managing Director at MuxCo, said “We’re excited that some of the area’s favourite stations and some new radio choices are going to be available for listeners across Liverpool, Cheshire and North Wales. Half the country listens to stations on digital radio each week, we’re pleased that listeners can now tune in to stations on digital radio locally from November.”
A special twitter feed has been set up to keep up to date with the progress of the new local DAB multiplex. The twitter name is: @MuxCoWCL.
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- Local DAB multiplex operator MuxCo is a different company to the similar sounding CoMux, which is a bidding company for a network of local TV multiplexes proposed by Ofcom and the DCMS.