Small-scale DAB for Wales – a revolution in local broadcasting?


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Keith Parry
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Keith Parry

Ha! Spain, Ireland and other countries have given up on the white elephant that is DAB radio. Millions of pounds have poured into DAB radio leaving behind a string of bankrupt stations. Only so much quality radio, radio four, radio three type programming can be afforded in the U.K. In Eire it is a struggle to maintain four quality national stations plus national commercial talk stations. In Wales we need national English language news and talk stations the Welsh Government and local councils need to be held to account. It can only be done through re-jigging the FM band.. Dab… Read more »

Paul Atkins
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Paul Atkins

I recognise that there are many issues with DAB, some of them quite technical – I didn’t want to get into too much detail as this isn’t really the platform for that. With respect, I think the small scale DAB strategy is very different. It allows for many more stations to exist on a fraction of the cost. If you look across the 10 trial minimuxes, you see lots of small, sometimes quite experimental ’boutique’ stations – sometimes offering format choices we’ve never really seen on the UK scene. That’s why it is so exciting to me. Whilst I think… Read more »