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Nation Radio bids to officially become a music station for Wales

Nation Radio could soon become officially licensed as a music station for Wales, following the launch of a consultation by Ofcom over a proposed format change.

The radio station, which started life as an FM service for South Wales, launched in 2008 as a rock-led service, taking the regional commercial licence for the area from XFM.

In 2015, the format of the station changed to include more mainstream music and has been steadily increasing its DAB digital radio coverage via local DAB multiplexes wherever local DAB services have been launched. In North East Wales, the station uses the newer DAB+ broadcast standard.

Following on from its expansion across Wales, Nation Radio now wants to be officially recognised as a music station for Wales. Ofcom is now seeking opinions on owner Nation Broadcasting's plans to change the character of service that currently requires the station to play “a majority of rock and rock-oriented tracks” to one which requires it to be “a music station for Wales”. Nation Radio also wishes to increase its commitment to locally made hours from 10 hours per day weekdays and 4 hours per day at weekends to 21 hours each day.

The consultation is open until 5pm on the 9th December 2016, with Ofcom's decision on whether to grant the request to follow shortly after.

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