To broadcast on a Now Digital multiplex, you will need:
- To choose a coverage area, and the appropriate technical quality of your broadcast – Stereo or Mono, Normal or Superior quality.
- A local Ofcom DSP licence (and music licences if required)
- A knowledge and understanding of the other Ofcom licence requirements, such as the Ofcom Broadcasting Code and retention of audio for 42 days
- A location for us to take the audio from
- Enough time to get on air – if we need to install a circuit this could be a minimum of three months
- A contract – provided by us, but agreed between both parties
Contribution: A standard Now Digital contract will include pick-up of the audio signal from the studio, along with multiplexing and transmission, for an all-inclusive price.
Costs: The price of broadcasting a station will vary depending on the licensed area, the audio quality you choose and other factors. As a guide, prices will be up to £7,600 per month for Normal Mono, and up to £13,300 per month for Normal Stereo, although many areas will cost less.
Short-term broadcasts: Now Digital multiplexes can broadcast short-term services, such as those linked to specific events, religious festivals or trial broadcasts.
The next step is to complete a Station Information Form. This will allow us to prepare a confidentiality agreement. Once that’s in place, we can discuss detailed contract terms and prices
There are some parts of the UK where the local multiplex licence is held by someone else (i.e. we’re not the right people to talk to). Ofcom – which licenses DAB digital radio multiplexes – has a full list of local DAB digital radio licensed areas across the UK, and contacts for all other multiplex operators.
Policy document: Contracting multiplex capacity and EPG Policy