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Hereford & Worcester DAB launch scheduled for December

A new DAB digital radio multiplex bringing BBC and commercial local radio to the platform across Herefordshire and Worcestershire is due to be officially launched in December.

Multiplex operator MuxCo confirmed that they are currently planning for an official launch on Friday 6th December. Test transmissions are already on air across the two counties from transmitters at Ridge Hill in Herefordshire and Malvern in Worcestershire.

Local stations confirmed on the multiplex include BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester, Free Radio and Sunshine Radio.

update 03/12/2013: MuxCo has confirmed that the local DAB service will also launch from the Bromsgrove transmitter, improving coverage in the north of Worcestershire and around the M5/M42 interchange.

Earlier this year, Ofcom approved plans to move the Hereford and Worcester DAB multiplex to VHF Block 12A, which was until the end of August used by West Midlands regional DAB. In total, the first three transmitters to broadcast the Hereford and Worcester DAB multiplex are expected to reach 231,465 out of 339,323 households within the two counties.

Launch Plan
MuxCo Hereford and Worcester
Site Height (in metres above ordinance datum* )
Antenna Height (in metres above Ground Level)
Effective Radiated Power (ERP) kW
Antenna & Bearing
Ridge Hill
SO 630 333
Omni panel array
SO 775 464
Dipole 082ÂșETN
SO 947 730
Omni-directional panel antenna
*AOD – sometimes also referred to as ‘above sea level’
Source: Ofcom / MuxCo South Midlands

MuxCo will also be launching local DAB in Surrey, concluding a year that has seen the multiplex operator launch services across North East Wales and Merseyside, in Mid and South West Wales and in Gloucestershire.

Arqiva has meanwhile launched local DAB this year in Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, but plans to launch a DAB multiplex for Derbyshire by the end of 2013, as announced last November, appear to have slipped.

The launches come ahead of a key government announcement in December as to whether or not a digital radio switchover will take plan in the next few years. Last week numerous local commercial stations spoke out against a move to DAB.


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