BBC Wales plans new DAB station and R3 frequency reallocations



The BBC is to make two major changes to radio broadcasting in Wales.


The broadcaster has confirmed its plans to launch a new digital-only peak time service called BBC Radio Cymru 2, providing additional choice to Welsh speakers on DAB, iPlayer Radio and on digital TV platforms. Discussions regarding carriage agreements are ongoing with various operators.

According to the plans, between 7am and 10am, BBC Radio Cymru 2 will offer music and entertainment, while the existing Radio Cymru station will concentrate on a full news service.

It follows the recent success of temporary pop-up station BBC Cymru Mwy ahead of the station's 40th anniversary, which acted as a pilot for the plans.

However a launch date for the new Cymru 2 service has yet to be confirmed.

BBC Radio Wales to get Radio 3 FM frequencies 
In order to boost coverage of English language sister station BBC Radio Wales, particularly in North East and Mid Wales, the BBC has announced that some current BBC Radio 3 FM frequencies will be reallocated to BBC Radio Wales. The move will extend the station’s availability on the FM band to an estimated 330,000 people, increasing its nationwide FM coverage in Wales from 79% to 91%. Radio 3 will continue to be available to 92% of households in Wales on FM, and the station’s availability on DAB, television and online will be unaffected by the changes.

Details of which frequencies are affected haven't been disclosed in the announcement.

BBC Radio Wales Editor, Colin Paterson says: "
These are unprecedented times of change for Wales, and I’m delighted that this major expansion for Radio Wales on FM will ensure listeners in every part of Wales can enjoy access to our wide-ranging news, sport and entertainment programming, as well as our superb team of presenters.”

Betsan Powys, Editor BBC Radio Cymru says: 
“This is a truly historic announcement - one of the most important since Radio Cymru was established in 1977. Our listeners are some of the most loyal in Wales and the fact that we can now offer a choice of listening is incredibly exciting.”



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