Joint DAB Applicants Announce Their Bid

A joint application to run the forthcoming Salisbury DAB multiplex has been revealed.

Nation Broadcasting and UK Forces broadcaster, BFBS, have formed a joint venture to apply for the forthcoming small-scale DAB licence for Salisbury.

As announced earlier in the year Ofcom are accepting applications to run a new DAB service to cover Salisbury, an area which has notoriously poor coverage outside of BBC stations.

The joint application comes from the 3rd largest local radio operator in the UK in Nation and the second largest non-commercial broadcaster in the UK in BFBS.

Nicky Ness, Director of Broadcasting and Entertainment, BFBS, said: “At BFBS we strive each day to provide the military community with the best possible music, entertainment and information.  Partnering with Nation, who have a fantastic understanding of how to harness the power of small scale DAB, is a great opportunity. If successful, this partnership will allow us both to bring a much wider range of services not only to the large military and forces family on the Plain, but also to the whole population of the city and its surrounds. I was born and grew up in Salisbury so this area holds a special place in my heart”.

Ash Elford, DAB Platform Manager at Nation Broadcasting said; “At Nation, we’ve got some great DAB applications and stories to tell right across the UK. In Salisbury, we’re delighted to partner with BFBS, very long-standing supporters of DAB in the UK.  Our application will provide the local population and visitors to this great, historic city with a fantastic array of new digital radio services from a mixture of local and niche broadcasters”.

Any service provider interested in operating in Salisbury or in any other parts of the UK where Ofcom are currently advertising a licence are welcome to email

Salisbury Radio will watch the developments with interest as they continue their plans to broadcast across South Wiltshire and West Hampshire on DAB, starting in 2021.

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