Deadline for 'Digital 2' licence extended

The deadline for submitting applications for the licence to operate the 'Digital 2' second national commercial digital radio multiplex has been extended.

The change in the closing date for applications, from 30 October 2014 until 29 January 2015 is to allow a prospective licence applicant sufficient time to obtain information from Arqiva, which owns many DAB transmitter sites.

This is in line with Ofcom’s previous statement that stated that the regulator would consider postponing the closing date to allow sufficient time for an applicant to obtain a Network Access-only reference offer from Arqiva.

Arqiva themselves are part of a joint bid for the multiplex licence with radio groups Bauer Media and UTV. Ofcom's announcement confirms a second bidder is now involved.
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