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Cumbria.Digital announces plans to apply for small-scale DAB – RadioToday

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Cumbria.Digital has announced plans to apply for the small-scale DAB multiplex license for Carlisle and Penrith.

The company plans to reserve capacity for six community stations, exceeding Ofcom’s minimum requirement of four, to better serve the diverse communities in Carlisle, Penrith and surrounding rural areas.

It also plans to set up media hubs in Penrith and Carlisle to support community groups and organizations with the facilities needed to run their own stations on the multiplex and make radio accessible to all.

Cumbria.Digital tells RadioToday that it has been active in the technology and broadcasting sector for the past twenty years, including providing technical facilities for a pan-European satellite channel and supporting small businesses to unlock the potential of digital technology.

“We want to provide a platform that gives communities and organizations a voice, opens up the power of radio to everyone and offers greater choice to listeners in the area,” said a spokesperson for Cumbria.Digital.

“We will support existing community stations in Carlisle and Penrith and ensure they have capacity at the multiplex if they wish, in addition to supporting new stations.”

Cumbria.Digital says it is already in discussions with potential commercial channels, including niche channels not currently available locally on air, and would like to hear from anyone else interested in joining a local multiplex.

Details of the people behind the company have not been shared with RadioToday.