Ofcom, the UK licencing authority for radio and TV has just revealed that they have today issued a Local Digital Programme Licence (DAB) to local not-for-profit enterprise Alderney Broadcasting, operators of QUAY-FM which currently broadcasts on 107.1 FM in Alderney only.
Board Member, Nigel Roberts, who, together with local volunteer Brian Chambers applied to Ofcom and lobbied for the digital licence to be issued to QUAY-FM said today:
“Bailiwick Broadcasting, who were awarded the master licence for all DAB channels in the Islands some time back, have been incredibly helpful in bringing our style of community radio to a new section of listeners throughout all the Channel Islands. Hopefully this will provide a window on Alderney life to residents of the other islands as well as bringing crystal-clear reception to our loyal Alderney audience”.
The new licence will allow QUAY-FM to be receivable in all of the Channel Islands, including Sark from early August.
Technical Manager, Duncan Peck said:
“We were keeping our fingers crossed that Ofcom could issue the licence to enable us to take part in the launch of DAB throughout the islands, and they came up trumps. We’ll be working non-stop the next few days to get this on-stream for launch day”.
Station Manager and well-known breakfast presenter Dougal Bohan told AY News today how pleased he was with the development.
“This represents a new chapter and a secure future for the station” he concluded.