Every 20 seconds someone buys a DAB/DAB+ radio* Every 15 seconds someone buys a DAB/DAB+ equipped vehicle* If your station is interested in joining the waiting list for the Preston and South Ribble DAB multiplex please complete the form below:

Centro cast Digital operates the Preston & District small scale DAB+ multiplex. Our digital radio stations broadcast from the heart of Preston to an area where more than 500,000 people live, work & play every day.

Centro Cast Digital operates the small scale DAB multiplex in Preston & District. The multiplex was launched on Monday 14th August 2017 and is one of ten across the UK that is being operated as part of trial by Ofcom and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.   These trials, which have been extended until the Summer of 2018, are intended to test and aid the development of a low-cost method of delivering digital radio services. Together with a new licensing framework it will provide small scale radio services with an affordable route onto the DAB platform.

The Action Plan was launched to ensure that if and when digital switchover occurs in radio, it can be delivered at a time when the market is ready and in a way that protects the needs of listeners.

The Government stated that a decision on whether to set a date for digital radio switchover would be considered when the following criteria are met:

  • when 50% of all radio listening is via digital platforms; and
  • when national DAB coverage is comparable to FM, and local DAB reaches 90% of the population and all major roads.

The Action Plan was finalised in November 2013, and on 16 December 2013 DCMS announced that while there had been steady growth in digital listening, it was not yet the time to commit to a switchover. The last version of the Digital Radio Action Plan was published in January 2014.