Larry Scutta posted:
Scotland and Wales have the advantage that SDN have always regionalised those areas for S4C and TeleG, so adding a couple of radio stations was easy (not sure about NI). The BBC would have to pay SDN for 40 new regional feeds to provide each station.
The BBC MUX is regional, but not local so it would take a hell of a lot of re-engineering to provide a localised station - especially where 1 DTT
transmitter covers more than 1 station. There isn't the room for most of the regions to have all their stations on - some have 5 or 6 stations in their patch.
Then the other major problem is getting the output of each station to the local TV building - in some cases there is a radio station in the same building, the rest though are remote with no permanant feed except to their transmitter. This last problem is also one of the problems with putting BBC Local on Sky - getting all the stations back to London - it was difficult enough with the TV regions.
would it not be an idea to atleast put 1 local radio station per region onto DTT in the interim period? seeing as the bbc studios are located in the population centre of each region - making the largest (in population terms) station available shouldn't be *that* difficult. that would mean that a sizable chunk of england had local radio on DTT - and in some-cases (although not with WM, GMR?, GLR?) would mean that bbc regional radio late shows are also available on DTT.
they could also shift radio 3 to SDN and put the bbc local radio on the bbc's regionalised mux.
not perfect - but it would be a start!!